View Full Version : san mai - first dabbles at kitchen knife!

John N
11-13-2013, 04:50 PM
Hi, Im a regular lurker on KKF. I enjoy forging, and messing around with steel but make very (very) few knives.

Decided recently to try and finish the odd one so have had a crack at a kitchen knife. Steel is 304 and 316 stainless over a core of O1. Horrible mix to forge, and even worse to grind ! it kept moving every which way.

The grind is a blended convex, tried to keep it thin behind the edge, ground it to about 0.005" before sharpening.

There is some distal taper down the length, TBH I would have put a bit more in if it was a mono steel blade but I didn't forge enough taper in, so would have lost to much of the cladding if id put a more aggressive taper into it !

Sorry for terrible pics - me and phone were having a bad day! Will try and get some better pics at some point, anyhoo, all comments appreciated :D (its not glued up yet, hence the gaps at the bolster)

blade is about 240mm, handle is about 140mm. Seems to cut ok with the polished 2nd'dary bevel I put on it (no stones :O)

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc252/nonjicholson/sl5_zps3432a2c9.jpg (http://s216.photobucket.com/user/nonjicholson/media/sl5_zps3432a2c9.jpg.html)

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11-13-2013, 04:53 PM
Looks like a beautiful knife you got there. Love that handle

11-13-2013, 05:26 PM

Von blewitt
11-13-2013, 05:49 PM
Looks great! Looks like it would come out pretty nice with a quick etch as well

11-13-2013, 08:00 PM
Well done. The handle it a bit to busy for me, but the wood in the middle is really nice looking!

11-13-2013, 10:30 PM
Nice. Looks like she's got her curves in all the right places.

11-13-2013, 10:59 PM
Looks like it would be a prep machine!

11-13-2013, 11:00 PM
beautiful. Really impressive for your first kitchen knife.

Mucho Bocho
11-14-2013, 01:15 AM
Looks like a very useful shape. Nice job

John N
11-14-2013, 05:38 AM
Thanks for the nice words!

The blade had a couple of hours etch in hot HCL, the pattern in the stainless 'mascus is a lot more visible to the eye than my phone camera!

Just to clarify, I have made the odd kitchen knife in the past - this is the first one I have actually thought about what Im doing though!

11-19-2013, 09:16 PM
John that knife looks absolutely stunning man.