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Delbert Ealy
09-01-2011, 03:13 PM
I would like to announce a prebuy for my 240+mm(usually 245mm) O-1 or AEB-L gyutos
They will be made from 2mm stock (AEB-L may be slightly thicker) with the convex grind I have been working on.
I want to say that these knives have an improved profile with less belly than my previous damascus gyutos and since they are convex grind rather than full flat grind they will not have the flex that some of those knives had. These are designed to be high performance cutters with a fine finish to the blade(hand sanded) and my usual excellent handles. Handle materials can be from my considerable selection of stabilized woods or selected from other sources. Some materials may not be suitable for handles or may be used at an increased price. The deposit will be half of the cost of the finished knife. I will be offering 2 different profiles for this prebuy, my standard, which is the top proflie in the first pic and a narrower profile for those who like a gyuto that is less tall, which is the middle profile.
Please pm me for price and if you want to participate.
I intend to begin making these knives on October 15, this will allow time for me to stock materials and to finish projects I have in the works now.
The second pic if of the #1 profile knife finished.

The cost for these including domestic shipping is $430, with a deposit of $215 for either the O-1 or the AEB-L

Thanks,
Del

ajhuff
09-01-2011, 04:39 PM
PM sent.

Delbert Ealy
09-02-2011, 03:48 PM
One of the things I am considering as an option for the first dozen or so of these knives is a copper and sterling silver mokume pin rather than the mosaic pins I am using now. I have not made any of the mokume up, so I will have to do that first, but haw do you guys feel about that?
Del

El Pescador
09-02-2011, 04:59 PM
Great idea...I wish I could'be gotten one with a mokume pin.

tk59
09-02-2011, 05:10 PM
Great idea...I wish I could'be gotten one with a mokume pin. +1

markk
09-02-2011, 05:29 PM
i like the mokume idea, it will be different

Amon-Rukh
09-03-2011, 03:39 AM
One of the things I am considering as an option for the first dozen or so of these knives is a copper and sterling silver mokume pin rather than the mosaic pins I am using now. I have not made any of the mokume up, so I will have to do that first, but haw do you guys feel about that?
Del
That sounds really cool! I know my wallet won't be happy about it, but I may have to inquire about one of these....

zitangy
09-03-2011, 06:03 AM
Enquiry from Singapore. PM sent.

hv a nice weekend..

wenus2
09-03-2011, 01:01 PM
Great idea...I wish I could'be gotten one with a mokume pin.

mokume is for late comers.... :tongue:

Delbert Ealy
09-04-2011, 11:39 AM
Something that I forgot to mention and has come up a couple of times in PM. The mokume pin is a no-cost upgrade at this time, but in the future(if I offer it) there will be a premium.
Thanks,
Del

Delbert Ealy
09-05-2011, 08:57 PM
Here is another one I just finished about of AEB-L.
Del

Delbert Ealy
09-07-2011, 11:10 AM
Another one in AEB-L african blackwood and spalted maple burl.
Thanks,
Del

peterm
09-11-2011, 08:42 AM
They look really nice Del, and great choices of wood!

Chef Niloc
09-11-2011, 10:53 AM
Is this a numbered limited run or are you making how ever many get ordered?

Delbert Ealy
09-13-2011, 04:49 PM
For you that read the previous post here, I decided to make a change. I am going to make these a limited run and I may even number them. There will only be 12 in this run.
Thanks,
Del

Amon-Rukh
09-22-2011, 12:54 AM
For the record, I think numbering the blades would be cool. :D

jm2hill
09-22-2011, 01:13 AM
For the record, I think numbering the blades would be cool. :D

+10000000

Delbert Ealy
09-22-2011, 06:30 AM
Done

Delbert Ealy
09-24-2011, 02:10 PM
6 days left

Phoneman
09-28-2011, 12:20 PM
Are you still looking for some people on the prebuy?

Delbert Ealy
09-28-2011, 12:45 PM
Are you still looking for some people on the prebuy?

It is still open for 2 days, I would welcome any more participants.
Thanks,
Del

Hermes7792
10-05-2011, 05:52 AM
It is still open for 2 days, I would welcome any more participants.
Thanks,
Del

I'm in! I would like one of those fancy pins aswell! Ill pm you later today del!

Delbert Ealy
10-05-2011, 05:44 PM
I have decided to extend this until the 15th, for those of you that missed the 30th.
Thanks,
Del

Choll
10-07-2011, 04:15 PM
I would like to get one. I have sent you an email.

Delbert Ealy
10-17-2011, 10:43 PM
The beginning, not quite all of them, I have material in transit for the latecomers. :viking:
Sorry about the bad pics
Del

El Pescador
10-17-2011, 10:51 PM
looking good Del!

Pesky

HHH Knives
10-17-2011, 11:44 PM
:wow: :yeahthat: :ggodjob:

Mike Davis
10-17-2011, 11:47 PM
Looking good Del!

Dave Martell
10-18-2011, 01:18 AM
Hey slow down big guy, don't you know it takes a week to make a knife? :D

The hekler
10-18-2011, 10:27 AM
Dibs on the best one!!!

Delbert Ealy
10-18-2011, 10:29 AM
Dibs on the best one!!!

If I do my job then everyone should think that!
Del

Hermes7792
10-18-2011, 10:50 AM
I... want!

Amon-Rukh
10-18-2011, 02:08 PM
Heck yes! This totally makes my day! :viking:

Delbert Ealy
10-22-2011, 09:19 PM
A quick update, I have spent the last 2 days heat treating, more to go.
Del

Lefty
10-23-2011, 08:59 PM
Del, I'm not sure whether or not you tweaked the profile, but it is looking great!

Delbert Ealy
10-27-2011, 09:00 PM
Ok so I have been grinding the O-1 blades that I heat treated and then I realized that I had not yet made the mokume for pin stock. So I interrupted the blade work today to set up the mokume. The mokume is in the oven cooking, and i will finish that tomorrow. I should say that this is just the first batch and there will be more to make in a bit.
For the stainless blades I have to wait until next week to get some liquid nitrogen to freeze the steel as part of the heat treating.
Thanks,
Del

It is getting very close for some of the O-1 blades, I was hand sanding the first blade when I realized about the pin stock. For those of you that requested O-1 expect to hear from me in the next few days. :viking:

jm2hill
10-27-2011, 09:07 PM
Ok so I have been grinding the O-1 blades that I heat treated and then I realized that I had not yet made the mokume for pin stock. So I interrupted the blade work today to set up the mokume. The mokume is in the oven cooking, and i will finish that tomorrow. I should say that this is just the first batch and there will be more to make in a bit.
For the stainless blades I have to wait until next week to get some liquid nitrogen to freeze the steel as part of the heat treating.
Thanks,
Del

It is getting very close for some of the O-1 blades, I was hand sanding the first blade when I realized about the pin stock. For those of you that requested O-1 expect to hear from me in the next few days. :viking:


Woohoo! Would love to see some of the Mokume pins. Don't think I've seen a picture!

The hekler
10-27-2011, 09:19 PM
Sounds great I was hoping you didn't forget about the mokume pins, I also can't wait to see them when finished, I have high hopes.

Delbert Ealy
10-27-2011, 09:25 PM
I didn't forget about them I just hope i can remember to orient them correctly.
Del

Amon-Rukh
10-28-2011, 03:50 AM
Wo-hoo! So excited about these--Looking forward to seeing hoe the mokume turns out! :viking:

Delbert Ealy
10-29-2011, 12:31 PM
Sorry for the crappy pics I took these after midnight. Mokume pins and 3 blades hand sanded, just awaiting the final sanding, and 3 blades before hand sanding.
I will be fitting and glueing handles today. I'll try and get some better pics today as well.
Thanks,
Del

Hermes7792
10-29-2011, 12:43 PM
Sorry for the crappy pics I took these after midnight. Mokume pins and 3 blades hand sanded, just awaiting the final sanding, and 3 blades before hand sanding.
I will be fitting and glueing handles today. I'll try and get some better pics today as well.
Thanks,
Del

Can't wait to see some pics! :plus1:

tk59
10-29-2011, 12:51 PM
Sorry for the crappy pics I took these after midnight. Mokume pins and 3 blades hand sanded, just awaiting the final sanding, and 3 blades before hand sanding.
I will be fitting and glueing handles today. I'll try and get some better pics today as well.
Thanks,
Del
Looks like we're missing some pics, Del.

Delbert Ealy
10-29-2011, 12:52 PM
Sorry wrote the post and forgot to put up the pics:brainfart::oops:
Del

Hermes7792
10-29-2011, 12:55 PM
Oh wow that mokume is amazing, glad I got one of them in my knife. Making me impatient del!

The hekler
10-29-2011, 02:56 PM
Love the pins... The knives aren't too bad either ;-).

El Pescador
10-29-2011, 03:11 PM
Love the pins... The knives aren't too bad either ;-).
:plus1:

cnochef
10-29-2011, 03:19 PM
Sweet, you're really going to work quickly on them. Can't wait to get mine.

Delbert Ealy
10-30-2011, 12:25 AM
4 on the block glued and clamped :viking:

tk59
10-30-2011, 02:06 AM
Lookin' good, Del!

Delbert Ealy
10-30-2011, 10:09 PM
Sorry to keep you guys waiting, i just finished, i came in to get my camera, off to take some pics.
Del

Delbert Ealy
10-30-2011, 11:13 PM
:viking:

jm2hill
10-30-2011, 11:40 PM
They look amazing! Super excited for mine!

Looks like two of use also liked the same wood combination :)

Mike Davis
10-30-2011, 11:47 PM
Very badass...Nice work Del!

mr drinky
10-30-2011, 11:49 PM
I can't wait for my #11 delivery. Nice work Del.

k.

Dave Martell
10-30-2011, 11:58 PM
Nice Del :thumbsup:

JohnnyChance
10-31-2011, 04:14 AM
I like the mokume pins. Like a little fingerprint pattern.

The hekler
10-31-2011, 06:21 AM
Love the fact they not only got the mokume pins but also the serial numbers, really makes them as special as they look. I know I'm gonna be bugging my mail man until I get this baby home.

markk
10-31-2011, 08:46 AM
very nice, watching the progression is very cool.

The hekler
10-31-2011, 09:52 AM
I'm sure I'm not the only one but I have already copied the photos of my knife to my phone and have spent at least a half hour this morning drooling at the site of it... The next few days are gonna be a rough wait.

Amon-Rukh
10-31-2011, 03:02 PM
The next few days are gonna be a rough wait.
Yeah, they really, really are!

Delbert Ealy
11-01-2011, 06:24 PM
Ok,
Most of the O-1 blades are done and either shipped or will ship tomorrow(1 left to do) now its time to do the stainless blades.
This is what I was waiting for, some extreme cold in a bottle. :viking:
So, I will be spending the next few days heat treating the stainless blades.
Del

Hermes7792
11-05-2011, 12:11 PM
Any news on an update Del?

Delbert Ealy
11-05-2011, 01:10 PM
I am now near the end of the heat treating process. With heat treating this many blades it has taken a bit more time that I had originally planned for. This is also my first time using the liquid nitrogen, and although it did go smoothly, freezing the blades does add a lot of time to the process.
Thanks,
Del

Hermes7792
11-05-2011, 01:19 PM
If I had liquid nitrogen, I don't think I could get any work done. That stuff and dry ice entertain me like a kid in a candy store! something about super chilly stuff that puts out fog fascinates me!

mc2442
11-05-2011, 03:18 PM
This is only in reference to his knife handles.....but I am always impressed with Delbert's wood.

Dave Martell
11-05-2011, 05:03 PM
This is only in reference to his knife handles.....but I am always impressed with Delbert's wood.


Yeah...sure :D

Hermes7792
11-10-2011, 11:01 AM
Can you explain the heat treatment of the AEB-L?

Maybe an update too?

Also, an idiot i know bought a F.Dick Jubilee french style chefs knife and he is trying to argue that his knife will be way better than the one your making for me, I cant wait to rub it in his face :tooth:!!

http://www.125west.com/p-7524-fdick-1778-jubilee-chefs-knife.aspx

Delbert Ealy
11-10-2011, 02:02 PM
So when I first started working with AEBL, I had the heat treat temps and it was fairly straightforward to heat it up, air quench, and then temper. It was easier than heat treating O-1. And the steel was easier to grind than the hardened O-1, by ALOT. So I had one of these rockwell tested and it came out at Rc58, and I thought, oh crap that explains why it was so easy to grind. I knew my temps were fine, but it needed something more. So I started oil queching the blades to quench them a little faster and after a snap temper I froze the blades in -300f degree liquid nitrogen. Then they went through several tempering cycles and i am working on grinding the blades now.
The oil quench pushes the transformation a bit faster than air or plate quenching, and the freezing finishes the transformation, so that as much hardness as possible can be gotten out of the steel. With steels with more carbon getting above Rc62 is not an issue even without the freezing, but since AEBL on has .06% it needs that extra push. I have not completed my final rockwell testing, but after grinding several blades I know they are much harder.
With simple carbon steels the martensite transformation finishing point is in the room temperature range, but in higher alloy steels that transformation point can be well below the freezing point, so for total transformation you need to get the steel to that point in order to completely tranform the structure of the steel to martensite(the hard stuff we really want).
I was grinding blades yesterday and I will be doing more today. I also did an interesting test that I will post a pic of later along with some pics of the blades.
Thanks,
Del

tk59
11-11-2011, 01:39 AM
"snap temper?"

Delbert Ealy
11-11-2011, 07:00 AM
"snap temper?"

Yes, it is just what it sounds like; think about it.
Del

tk59
11-11-2011, 04:37 PM
Yes, it is just what it sounds like; think about it...Exactly what is done to achieve a snap temper?

Delbert Ealy
11-11-2011, 04:42 PM
Sorry Tinh, I guess I was feeling off this morning. A snap temper is a quick tempering cycle at the low end of the temps to relieve stress before the freeze and is shorter than a usual temper cycle. Its a quick temper, I was thinking of snapping your fingers, quick. I guess I am the one who is snapped.
Del

Delbert Ealy
11-13-2011, 04:33 PM
grinding blades :viking:

markk
11-13-2011, 06:17 PM
looking good

tk59
11-13-2011, 10:01 PM
They look surprisingly (at least to me) consistent, Del. Very nice. :)

Delbert Ealy
11-13-2011, 10:09 PM
They look surprisingly (at least to me) consistent, Del. Very nice. :)

Thanks, one of the things that professional cooking and professional knifemaking have in common is consistancy(once you get all the bugs worked out).
Del

Amon-Rukh
11-15-2011, 01:25 AM
Just wanted to stop by and say that I'm really enjoying my #4 so far - I love the height, the handle, the way it feels as it cuts things. It's really great!

The second batch looks like it's coming along nicely too!

Delbert Ealy
11-15-2011, 03:02 PM
Hand sanding blades now, I have 1 done, as soon as i have 3 I'll put handles on them and you will see more finished knives.
Thanks,
Del

Hermes7792
11-15-2011, 08:57 PM
Hand sanding blades now, I have 1 done, as soon as i have 3 I'll put handles on them and you will see more finished knives.
Thanks,
Del


What are the lucky numbers?

tk59
11-18-2011, 11:43 AM
...Also, an idiot i know bought a F.Dick Jubilee french style chefs knife and he is trying to argue that his knife will be way better than the one your making for me, I cant wait to rub it in his face :tooth:!!

http://www.125west.com/p-7524-fdick-1778-jubilee-chefs-knife.aspx
Maybe it is. I've never heard of DoubleXVG steel and I've never used an FDick knife. You should have a face-off. I would be happy to offer myself as an unbiased party for comparison. :D

Delbert Ealy
11-21-2011, 02:00 AM
Progress, the first 3 of the AEB-L gyutos finished. :viking:
Better pics tomorrow, have to clean off the bench to get better pics.
Del

Ratton
11-21-2011, 03:12 AM
Those are looking great Del!!!!:thumbsup:

Hermes7792
11-21-2011, 05:56 PM
Progress, the first 3 of the AEB-L gyutos finished. :viking:
Better pics tomorrow, have to clean off the bench to get better pics.
Del

Some... Beautiful looking knives!!

99Limited
11-21-2011, 10:33 PM
I wish I could have participated in this group buy. With all the work you put into getting your grind just right I bet these knives will be great performers. Beautiful work Del.

mr drinky
11-21-2011, 10:57 PM
Del is producing beautiful knives, and just today I was admiring mine again as I oiled up the handle :)

k.

Delbert Ealy
11-22-2011, 01:20 AM
Sorry these are a bit late, I had a senior moment :brainfart: earlier having the knives mostly packaged before I realized I still had pics to take.
Del

Amon-Rukh
11-22-2011, 03:49 AM
Really nice! What are the handle materials on these?

WildBoar
11-22-2011, 08:56 PM
Del -- while the balde profiles are a bit more low-slung then you originally rolled out, these knives are readily identifiable as yours. It really looks like you knocked it out of the park!

Hermes7792
11-25-2011, 09:08 PM
Del is producing beautiful knives, and just today I was admiring mine again as I oiled up the handle :)

k.

Almost wish I had went with carbon so I would have it already! The wait is killing me! :lol2::lol2::lol2:

Joking! Take as much time as needed, I'll just look at these other ones and drool! :drool::drool::drool:

Delbert Ealy
11-26-2011, 01:42 AM
Almost wish I had went with carbon so I would have it already! The wait is killing me! :lol2::lol2::lol2:

Joking! Take as much time as needed, I'll just look at these other ones and drool! :drool::drool::drool:

I do have some good news for you, I found some mammoth bone! And then I went and ran out of blackwood, more on the way.
I'll send you a pic of the bone soon.
Del

I'll have some more finished pics tomorrow, or maybe later today

Hermes7792
11-26-2011, 01:56 AM
I do have some good news for you, I found some mammoth bone! And then I went and ran out of blackwood, more on the way.
I'll send you a pic of the bone soon.
Del

I'll have some more finished pics tomorrow, or maybe later today

Oh Irony! Do you have the Wood? Maybe you could take a quick shot of it aswell? black ash wood that is!

Delbert Ealy
11-27-2011, 07:21 PM
2 more finished, 2 more to go and I get to work on the spoons.
Also a piece of mammoth bone for hermes knife. (I also have the blackwood now thanks to Mike Davis)
Thanks,
Del

Hermes7792
11-28-2011, 10:07 AM
2 more finished, 2 more to go and I get to work on the spoons.
Also a piece of mammoth bone for hermes knife. (I also have the blackwood now thanks to Mike Davis)
Thanks,
Del

How big is that mammoth bone? Looks pretty small. After looking around on the net the prices on that stuff was pretty crazy. How much did it cost?

Delbert Ealy
11-28-2011, 10:20 AM
How big is that mammoth bone? Looks pretty small. After looking around on the net the prices on that stuff was pretty crazy. How much did it cost?

Its about 3 1/2 inches wide and 5-6 inches long, on the end you can see its over an inch thick solid bone.
Del

Mike Davis
11-29-2011, 01:45 AM
That is a beasty chunk o' goodie :) I want to see this one all wrapped up, going to be pretty darn amazing!

Delbert Ealy
12-04-2011, 01:55 PM
A few more finished

Hermes7792
12-04-2011, 02:55 PM
A few more finished

Del!

Saw this in the new post section and was like, "Hey! He must have posted some pics of my knife!". But no, it was a trick!

Delbert Ealy
12-04-2011, 04:17 PM
Del!

Saw this in the new post section and was like, "Hey! He must have posted some pics of my knife!". But no, it was a trick!

James,
I am playing with your mind hehe, although I am working on your knife today.
Del

tk59
12-04-2011, 04:33 PM
Looking good, Del. I wonder where are all the reviews on these knives? Have you been getting much feedback?

99Limited
12-04-2011, 05:55 PM
Looking good, Del. I wonder where are all the reviews on these knives? Have you been getting much feedback?

The knives turned out so well, everybody is at a loss for words. :wink:

Mike Davis
12-07-2011, 01:06 PM
Any updates? I am anxious to see more :)

Delbert Ealy
12-07-2011, 06:09 PM
another one one more to go

Johnny.B.Good
12-07-2011, 06:22 PM
I really like your work Del. Such an original/distinctive design.

Hermes7792
12-07-2011, 08:00 PM
another one one more to go

GAH! So awesome! My Friday has just gotten more exciting! That end cap is a little to big for my tastes but I'm sure it will definitely grow on me!

jm2hill
12-07-2011, 10:49 PM
I love the look of one with an endcap. Not as natural looking as your regular handles but nice and different!

Delbert Ealy
12-08-2011, 12:17 AM
This prebuy gave me the oppurtunity to try out some new things including the double bolster knife above. I actually got 2 for 1 with that one because I put mammoth bone bolsters on it as well.(I know to charge extra for this now, its worse than antler and takes forever to hand polish. I also used this as a poll to judge the reaction to a shorter(less tall) design. I also made a 210 gyuto and a 210 western and I wanted to keep both of them. They turned out great and they may be the theme to my next prebuy.
Thanks,
Del

jm2hill
12-08-2011, 02:34 AM
This prebuy gave me the oppurtunity to try out some new things including the double bolster knife above. I actually got 2 for 1 with that one because I put mammoth bone bolsters on it as well.(I know to charge extra for this now, its worse than antler and takes forever to hand polish. I also used this as a poll to judge the reaction to a shorter(less tall) design. I also made a 210 gyuto and a 210 western and I wanted to keep both of them. They turned out great and they may be the theme to my next prebuy.
Thanks,
Del

Del as much as I love you knives, don't tempt us too much. I'm not sure I would be able to resist.

99Limited
12-08-2011, 11:36 AM
... I also made a 210 gyuto and a 210 western and I wanted to keep both of them. They turned out great and they may be the theme to my next prebuy.
Thanks,
Del

Well, let's see those puppies.

Delbert Ealy
12-08-2011, 11:50 AM
See post #97

zitangy
12-08-2011, 11:51 AM
This prebuy gave me the oppurtunity to try out some new things including the double bolster knife above. I actually got 2 for 1 with that one because I put mammoth bone bolsters on it as well.(I know to charge extra for this now, its worse than antler and takes forever to hand polish. I also used this as a poll to judge the reaction to a shorter(less tall) design. I also made a 210 gyuto and a 210 western and I wanted to keep both of them. They turned out great and they may be the theme to my next prebuy.
Del

PM sent for the 210mm Western.

bcrano
12-11-2011, 01:24 AM
A few more finished

Man that western is a looker!

Adagimp
02-23-2012, 01:55 PM
This prebuy gave me the oppurtunity to try out some new things including the double bolster knife above. I actually got 2 for 1 with that one because I put mammoth bone bolsters on it as well.(I know to charge extra for this now, its worse than antler and takes forever to hand polish. I also used this as a poll to judge the reaction to a shorter(less tall) design. I also made a 210 gyuto and a 210 western and I wanted to keep both of them. They turned out great and they may be the theme to my next prebuy.
Thanks,
Del

Those 210s look like great knives for smaller work spaces.