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PierreRodrigue
03-07-2011, 06:04 PM
Had today of at my full time job, so spent some time in the shop.

I have 15 knives heat treated, had a shipment of stabilized wood come in.
Ground out my first cleaver 210mm long, 110mm high full distal taper and full grind from spine to edge, now just have to decide on a handle type...
Also ground 2 pettys, a three piece damasteel set, a boning knife, and 2 paring knives. After some final grinding and polishing, look forward to a few new pictures.

Should be wrapping up that "lightning bolt suji" as well, looking forward to seeing that one dressed up. Some of you might remember it from KF.

Vertigo
03-07-2011, 07:54 PM
Some of you might remember it from KF.

Some of us definitely do! Pics plz.

PierreRodrigue
03-07-2011, 09:29 PM
MMMM MMM MM, gonna have to be patient, this one is gonna look nice!

Darkhoek
03-08-2011, 03:17 AM
MMMM MMM MM, gonna have to be patient, this one is gonna look nice!

A san-mai "lightning bolt damascus" 300mm O1 core suji... It just doesn't get much cooler than that :D
Patience is a virtue, though. No hurry worries :D

DarkHOeK

oivind_dahle
03-08-2011, 11:09 AM
Pic or it didnīt happen.

mr drinky
03-08-2011, 01:17 PM
Had today of at my full time job, so spent some time in the shop.

I have 15 knives heat treated, had a shipment of stabilized wood come in.
Ground out my first cleaver 210mm long, 110mm high full distal taper and full grind from spine to edge, now just have to decide on a handle type...
Also ground 2 pettys, a three piece damasteel set, a boning knife, and 2 paring knives. After some final grinding and polishing, look forward to a few new pictures.

Should be wrapping up that "lightning bolt suji" as well, looking forward to seeing that one dressed up. Some of you might remember it from KF.

Are all of these knives spoken for?

k.

oivind_dahle
03-08-2011, 01:38 PM
Mr Rodrigues got a 6 month waiting list according to Canadaīs (by far) biggest newspaper:
http://www.thenorwester.ca/News/2011-02-24/article-2275789/Cutting-edge/1

So I guess all are spoken for :) Would love to see some pics of WIP though :)

However this thread is not accepted by us users, cause: Pics or it didnīt happen. Mr Rodrigues knows the rule :P

PierreRodrigue
03-08-2011, 03:36 PM
Hmmm, far from Canadas largest paper, just a little press from the town I grew up in, almost a full contenant away now! :)

There are a couple odd items with no home yet, paring knives, a cleaver, bread knife, maybe a couple others soon. TYhey take second place. I will offer them as they are finished. Customers first. Pics will come soon...

PierreRodrigue
03-09-2011, 10:44 AM
Hopefully at the forge today, will be working on a tight ladder pattern damascus, and a san mai billet for two longer knives, a300 and a 270. Days like this I'm happy its -20!! Damn forge will keep it nice and toasty though :D

oivind_dahle
03-09-2011, 01:41 PM
Happy forging :)

But as you know Pierre:
Pic or it didnīt happen :)

oivind_dahle
03-09-2011, 02:04 PM
http://ru.fishki.net/picsw/032011/09/pics/pics_006.jpg

psssst.. Bear... give a brother some pics .)

FryBoy
03-09-2011, 02:17 PM
What do these beauties cost?

Darkhoek
03-09-2011, 07:11 PM
Hopefully at the forge today, will be working on a tight ladder pattern damascus, and a san mai billet for two longer knives, a300 and a 270. Days like this I'm happy its -20!! Damn forge will keep it nice and toasty though :D

Have a very good day at the forge, sir! Wish I could be there to watch your work :)

DarkHOeK

PierreRodrigue
03-09-2011, 09:43 PM
Forging a success! Welded up two billets, one a TIGHT ladder pattern, 220 layer billet of 1084 and 15N20, the other a core of O1, 88 layers of 1084, 15N20, and pure nickel. Should be sweet! My main computer cratered, at the doctors now, using my daughters, so pics in a few days.

SpikeC
03-09-2011, 10:07 PM
Rock and Roll! Sounds like some cool stuff!

PierreRodrigue
03-09-2011, 10:13 PM
What do these beauties cost?


Prices vary quite a bit, let me know what you got in mind.

Darkhoek
03-10-2011, 01:52 AM
Forging a success! Welded up two billets, one a TIGHT ladder pattern, 220 layer billet of 1084 and 15N20, the other a core of O1, 88 layers of 1084, 15N20, and pure nickel. Should be sweet! My main computer cratered, at the doctors now, using my daughters, so pics in a few days.

Good to hear that your day at the forge was a rewarding one. That O1 San Mai damascus should look pretty spectacular using pure nickel in the mix. We are talking dramatic contrast here :)

DarkHOeK

WildBoar
03-10-2011, 03:33 PM
can't wait to see your damascus work!

oivind_dahle
03-19-2011, 04:27 AM
Time for some pics :P

Really want to see some pics, as I have one of the knives :P

PierreRodrigue
04-04-2011, 10:33 PM
Slowly coming together, been to damn busy at work, here is the begining of a 3 piece damasteel set...
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1493.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1521.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1522.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1558.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1563.jpg

Pensacola Tiger
04-04-2011, 11:03 PM
Oivind's going to get some nice knives...

Dave Martell
04-04-2011, 11:05 PM
Woh, we need more details, do tell!

oivind_dahle
04-05-2011, 04:51 AM
Nice!

Look great. However this will not end in my kitchen :( I ordered 2 sets of Pierre, cause a friend om mine wanted to have a set to. As I got 40 + knives (and some high end) he will get the first set. Then Pierre can use longer time on the other set! Im in no hurry, but my friend is. However: Im going to test the knives and do a report :)

PierreRodrigue
04-05-2011, 09:21 AM
As said, Dave, these are Damasteel, Oivind wanted a 3 piece set, a parer, petty and gyuto, these pics are of the parer and petty after the etch. Damasteel is really soft in an anealed state, so much so, if you slip while grinding, metal removal is FAST! Don't slip! I did a final grind after HT, hand finished to 400, and etched. Cleaned up after the etch and snapped a couple crappy pictures. I'll get to the gyuto in the next day or two I hope ( depends on work) and go from there.

Dave Martell
04-05-2011, 11:21 AM
I have about zero knowledge of Damasteel and how it works. This is interesting to me and I can't wait to see how they come out.

Marko Tsourkan
04-05-2011, 12:34 PM
Slowly coming together, been to damn busy at work, here is the begining of a 3 piece damasteel set...
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1493.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1521.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1522.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1558.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1563.jpg

What pattern is this?

PierreRodrigue
04-05-2011, 02:51 PM
This is rose pattern...

Customfan
04-05-2011, 03:35 PM
:thumbsup2: Those seem very promising !!!

PierreRodrigue
04-24-2011, 08:56 PM
The finished Gyuto...
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1579.jpg

RobinW
04-24-2011, 09:22 PM
That is seriously cool!

Dave Martell
04-25-2011, 12:52 AM
Now THAT.....ain't ugly! :thumbsup:

PierreRodrigue
04-28-2011, 06:19 PM
Test etch on a 300mm ladder pattern suji. There is still some forge scale, not down to final thickness yet...
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1594.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1593.jpg
Will finish up like this one...
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1549.jpg

WildBoar
04-28-2011, 06:56 PM
Hey, can I trade up my plain suji blade for one of these? :thumbsup:

Customfan
04-28-2011, 07:04 PM
:headbang:Pure awesomeness Pierre!!

PierreRodrigue
05-03-2011, 11:14 PM
Some woods I won tonight. No knife in mind yet for them...
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/block3.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/block2.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/block1.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/block4.jpg

mattrud
05-03-2011, 11:33 PM
I want the 3rd!!!!!

SpikeC
05-03-2011, 11:34 PM
Crazy stuff!

Dave Martell
05-03-2011, 11:36 PM
Nice scores!

PierreRodrigue
05-03-2011, 11:41 PM
Matt, if you want it I'll earmark it...

JohnnyChance
05-03-2011, 11:46 PM
what are they? buckeye burl? honduran rosewood?

where did you "win" them? some crazy carnival for knife makers!?

i may have missed this, but do you make your own damascus or buy stock from someone?

mattrud
05-03-2011, 11:48 PM
go for it!!! thanks Pierre!

PierreRodrigue
05-03-2011, 11:59 PM
Ebay tonight, I gotta find out what they are specifically, but had to have them.

Yes I forge my own damascus, except for the Damasteel it the recent knife.



what are they? buckeye burl? honduran rosewood?

where did you "win" them? some crazy carnival for knife makers!?

i may have missed this, but do you make your own damascus or buy stock from someone?

Darkhoek
05-04-2011, 04:24 AM
Just love the bottom two. Beautiful woods. Nice score, Pierre!

DarkHOeK

Customfan
05-04-2011, 09:01 PM
Those would make stellar handles for your knives Pierre! Cant wait to see what you do with them!!

apicius9
05-04-2011, 09:25 PM
I assume they come from Craig? He does have great stuff, and he also puts a lot of effort into preparing and presenting them. Can't go wrong with his material - but they come at a price...

Stefan

Potato42
05-04-2011, 10:19 PM
Those look like Craig Stevens to me. The first piece is spalted something:razz: The second looks kinda like a crazy piece of spalted maple burl I got from Craig on time, though it's probably something else. The third is buckeye burl, and the fourth is some sweet rosewood burl. Nice wood!

PierreRodrigue
05-04-2011, 10:38 PM
Yes, they are from Craig. And the price was well, you can guess.

PierreRodrigue
05-04-2011, 10:49 PM
Here is a peek at where these knives come together... Sorry 'bout the mess :oops:
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1615.jpg

SpikeC
05-04-2011, 10:57 PM
Hurmph. I could show show you mess! That is really quite a nice looking work space!

Jim
05-04-2011, 11:00 PM
Pierre, did you take that elk? Its a dandy!

mr drinky
05-04-2011, 11:04 PM
I like the row of knife blanks hanging on the wall. A constant reminder of time limitations in life.

k.

PierreRodrigue
05-04-2011, 11:35 PM
Jim, thats the little one, the big one was 10 7/8" and 11' around the base nice 6 X 7

Mr dinky, yes there are no end to the reminders of time limitations!

JohnnyChance
05-04-2011, 11:43 PM
Those look like Craig Stevens to me. The first piece is spalted something:razz: The second looks kinda like a crazy piece of spalted maple burl I got from Craig on time, though it's probably something else. The third is buckeye burl, and the fourth is some sweet rosewood burl. Nice wood!

What is his ebay name?

Potato42
05-04-2011, 11:59 PM
craigstevensstudio

He has some of the very nicest wood I've ever seen. If you want to go on a drunken spending spree one night, "accidentally" buying a bunch of pieces from him is money well spent IMO

PierreRodrigue
05-05-2011, 12:05 AM
I've never had issues with anything I got from him. Highly recomended.

Potato42
05-05-2011, 12:27 AM
I read all the way back to the beggining of the thread and man those are looking good! I want to hear about and see more of that cleaver you have cooking. Is it damascus too?:biggrin2:

PierreRodrigue
05-05-2011, 12:39 AM
Hmmm, a damascus cleaver, great, another idea... Thanks a lot! The cleaver is CPM154, thin straight taper from spine to edge, and a full distal taper front to back, really slight belly.

JohnnyChance
05-05-2011, 12:51 AM
Hmmm, a damascus cleaver, great, another idea... Thanks a lot! The cleaver is CPM154, thin straight taper from spine to edge, and a full distal taper front to back, really slight belly.

Sounds like a perfect recipe for a great slicing cleaver.

JohnnyChance
05-05-2011, 01:25 AM
And I looked at his ebay store and already have 3 bids in. I looked through his completed auction too. He has some seriously nice and unique stuff. Hopefully I will end up with a piece!

Potato42
05-05-2011, 01:39 AM
I don't want to clutter up and get Pierre's thread even more off topic again, but have a look at the couple of pictures I posted In the "First Japanese knife" thread. B&W Ebony from craig stevens on a Hiromoto AS. They were enormously expensive scales... thank god they fit.

Potato42
05-05-2011, 01:41 AM
Hmmm, a damascus cleaver, great, another idea... Thanks a lot! The cleaver is CPM154, thin straight taper from spine to edge, and a full distal taper front to back, really slight belly.

Yeah you make one and I'll find a buyer for my kidney. That cleaver you're working on sounds like it's just my taste!

apicius9
05-05-2011, 01:50 AM
I don't want to clutter up and get Pierre's thread even more off topic again, but have a look at the couple of pictures I posted In the "First Japanese knife" thread. B&W Ebony from craig stevens on a Hiromoto AS. They were enormously expensive scales... thank god they fit.

I have seen Caig sell a pair of scales for $248(!), it's just crazy. I am holding back this time because I have tons of great stuff that I had stabilized myself, but I am still using some wood from Craig which I had picked up 2 years ago.

JohnnyChance
05-06-2011, 05:02 PM
I don't want to clutter up and get Pierre's thread even more off topic again, but have a look at the couple of pictures I posted In the "First Japanese knife" thread. B&W Ebony from craig stevens on a Hiromoto AS. They were enormously expensive scales... thank god they fit.

I created a thread where we can continue the wood talk without swamping Pierre's thread...
http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php?1034-Wood!!-Vendors-links-latest-pickups...

PierreRodrigue
06-05-2011, 11:38 PM
While the last batch of knives were finishing up heat treating, got in some forging, here are a couple pictures from Saturday...
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1620.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1619.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1629.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1626.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1623.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1622.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1624.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1631.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1636.jpg

JohnnyChance
06-05-2011, 11:46 PM
Cool! Thanks for the pics.

tk59
06-05-2011, 11:47 PM
That is so freaking cool. Thanks, Pierre.

Lefty
06-06-2011, 12:07 AM
Awesome! I love these threads. Thanks Pierre!

Darkhoek
06-06-2011, 02:54 AM
I just love these WIP posts. It is so cool to get a glimpse into the process. So much heat, so many wonderfully large and mean looking tools. Exciting to know that so much heat and force and brutality makes such beautiful and delicate blades. Love it!

DarkHOeK

watercrawl
06-06-2011, 09:08 AM
Nice pictures!! That last picture...salt bath or whatever they call it? What does it do?

PierreRodrigue
06-06-2011, 09:13 AM
Last picture is vermeculite. Once done forging and normalizing, it allows the billet to cool slowly, keeping it in an annealed state.

watercrawl
06-06-2011, 09:25 AM
Ahh, thanks Pierre!!

Tristan
06-06-2011, 09:26 AM
Is that your backyard?? O.o

oivind_dahle
06-06-2011, 09:32 AM
Nice

Im impressed how well fit you look. You been working out?
Cant wait to see the end result :)

JohnnyChance
06-06-2011, 12:59 PM
Nice

Im impressed how well fit you look. You been working out?
Cant wait to see the end result :)

Cant wait to see the end result of Pierre's workout or end result of the forging? :razz:

AFKitchenknivesguy
06-09-2011, 01:40 AM
Thanks for the story Pierre, nice to see where my knives came from...Jason

dirtyharry
06-20-2011, 01:40 PM
Very cool pictures of the forging process! I want to see what came out of the forge that day! :hungry::thumbsup:

PierreRodrigue
06-25-2011, 12:13 PM
Here are the latest etched, and next to be completed.
300mm Sujihiki
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1696.jpg
Damasteel petty and parer
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1699.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1701.jpg

Thanks for looking,
Bear

kalaeb
06-25-2011, 04:08 PM
Those look great Pierre. Nice work! With Damasteel are you able to manipulate the patterns at all or is that the way it is made at the manufacture. This round looks completly different than the last round. Very good looking regardless.

Darkhoek
06-25-2011, 04:44 PM
That suji is a very nice blade, Pierre. Love the pattern as well. Looking forward to seeing the finshed knife with handle and all.

DarKHOeK

Tristan
06-27-2011, 04:19 AM
So excited! Should that suji look familiar to me? :drool::happy1:

PierreRodrigue
06-28-2011, 01:13 AM
Tristan, yes it should!

Kaleb, no, unless you try to forge from the round bar to a blade shape. The bar you buy, is essentially, you get what you get.

Thanks Harald, I appreciate it!

Lefty
07-03-2011, 03:11 PM
Pierre, I'm jonesing for some new knife pics, and I bet everyone else is too! You must have something you can show off! :bladesmith:

PierreRodrigue
07-03-2011, 04:31 PM
Just back in the door from a week in Vancouver, BC., will have a few pieces shortly...

Lefty
07-03-2011, 05:05 PM
What they don't have grinders in Vancouver? :sofa:
Just kidding!!

oivind_dahle
07-03-2011, 05:28 PM
Yeah. Looking forward to pics Pierre ;)

mr drinky
07-04-2011, 04:17 PM
Pierre, is that the Parer heading my way? I can't wait to see the pics.

k.

Lefty
07-07-2011, 10:54 PM
Well guys, I hate to brag...not really...but I just got this teaser pic from my good friend Pierre. I thought I'd post it to make you all hate me ;)
Just a couple tiny tweaks and a handle and I should be cutting blissfully to Zac Brown Band and Jack Johnson tunes (don't judge).
Here is what we have so far:
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/6370e04b.jpg
I hope you like it!

JohnnyChance
07-07-2011, 10:57 PM
Nice! Unique shape. Reminds me of a Kono with a kiritsuke tip. How big? Steel?

Lefty
07-07-2011, 11:09 PM
I don't know the exact measurements, but it should be about 175mm in length, with a full distal taper. 40-42mm tall. Thin behind the edge, with about 65-70mm of pure flat at the back.
S35VN, so it can take some pounding. Turns out I can be rough on my knives sometimes (I also don't want my wife to be afraid to use it).

PierreRodrigue
07-08-2011, 12:23 AM
175mm on the nut. From heel to tip. This is some abrasion resistant steel! Wow!

apicius9
07-08-2011, 03:20 AM
175mm on the nut. From heel to tip. This is some abrasion resistant steel! Wow!

Very cool looking knife, much nicer than my Warther - but they use the same steel, I will try to give it a workout this weekend and check the seel myself :)

Stefan

markk
07-08-2011, 07:17 PM
looks very nice, I am having something similar albeit a bit longer made in the same steel

markk
07-10-2011, 12:29 PM
I should have said being made. I am looking forward to trying this steel

PierreRodrigue
07-20-2011, 11:35 PM
OK, this one is fiished.

175mm Honesuki (Pettysuki :D )

CPM S35VN handrubbed at HRC 61-62

Rounded spine and choil

Horn feurrel, white vulcanized fiber with titanium, mammoth tooth spacers and endcap

Stabilized, dyed, maple burl Wa handle.

Hope he likes it!!

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1871.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1870.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1880.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1881.jpg

Iceman91
07-20-2011, 11:43 PM
That handle......WOW!

markk
07-21-2011, 05:32 AM
very nice

apicius9
07-21-2011, 05:34 AM
Great piece! Are these thin white spacers or is that just the light? I find the mammoth tooth a PITA to drill, glad to see that you dared that for the spacer.

Stefan

Lefty
07-21-2011, 06:09 AM
Wow!!!
Who's the lucky guy getting this masterpiece? :D
I'm glad we(you) just went with it. It looks better and better, every time I look at it!
Thanks for all the hard work on this one, Pierre! It has more than paid off. She's a stunner!

oivind_dahle
07-21-2011, 06:27 AM
Congrats Lefty :)

You are starting to get a lot of beautiful knives now!

Lefty
07-21-2011, 07:25 AM
Thanks Øivind!
This one is the gem, and will be hard to top :D

Pensacola Tiger
07-21-2011, 07:45 AM
Beautiful work, Pierre, and congratulations, Lefty!

PierreRodrigue
07-21-2011, 08:27 AM
Wow!!!
Who's the lucky guy getting this masterpiece? :D
I'm glad we(you) just went with it. It looks better and better, every time I look at it!
Thanks for all the hard work on this one, Pierre! It has more than paid off. She's a stunner!


Glad you like it!

PierreRodrigue
07-21-2011, 08:31 AM
Great piece! Are these thin white spacers or is that just the light? I find the mammoth tooth a PITA to drill, glad to see that you dared that for the spacer.

Stefan


Thanks again! Yes, white vulcanized fiber spacers. The mammoth and titanium are both a PITA, but I found a way to handle the tooth, and need to get some good carbide bits for the Ti.

mr drinky
07-21-2011, 09:07 AM
That is an amazing piece Pierre. So even before my package of knives arrives, you give me reason to want more. Strong move.

With that said, how did you do the bevel on it? Is it asymmetrical?

k.

PierreRodrigue
07-21-2011, 09:12 AM
The knife is ground to favour a south paw (or lefty ;) ), about 60-40.

Dave Martell
07-21-2011, 09:47 AM
Very-very nice work there Pierre!

WildBoar
07-21-2011, 11:48 AM
Stunning handle, and great-looking blade. Nice work, Pierre!

Darkhoek
07-21-2011, 01:07 PM
Very nice piece, Pierre. I just used a burl like that. At first I thought it was a bit dull looking, but it has grown on me and i like it more every time I look at it. Very nice work with the spacers and the blade and handle work looks stellar as always.

DarKHOeK

SpikeC
07-21-2011, 01:53 PM
Kitchen jewelry.

Customfan
07-21-2011, 03:54 PM
Impressive combination of materials

Finish looks superb Pierre...! :biggrin:

Eamon Burke
07-21-2011, 05:28 PM
Fantastic! The mammoth tooth is so interesting looking!

Lefty
07-22-2011, 08:30 AM
I thought I'd add this pic that Pierre sent me. I find this shows the knife's beauty really well.

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/aed31010.jpg

Lefty
07-24-2011, 04:21 PM
Sorry for the reposted pic guys! Oops. I didn't notice Pierre put it up with the others.
I got Pierre to do his version of a saya for traveling from place to place, and some added protection, when necessary.
What do you all think of this?

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/f5e45227.jpg

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/91ef3b9b.jpg

I think it's a really nice, elegant rendition. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

SpikeC
07-24-2011, 04:49 PM
It's OK I guess, if you're into knives...............................

:tease::groucho:

oivind_dahle
07-24-2011, 04:54 PM
Nice

Now Im really looking forward to see pics of my orders next week :D

PierreRodrigue
07-27-2011, 09:12 PM
Hit the forge today, did a sanmai billet, O1 core, 144 layers of 1084 and 15N20 on either side. Also did 2 144 layer billets of 1084 and 15N20, ladder pattern. Also 3 blades hand finished, two with bolsters peened, and a 300 damascus suji ready for handles. Too damn hot to be at the forge, time for beer!!

Lefty
07-27-2011, 09:24 PM
:thumbsup:
Looking forward to the pics!

kalaeb
07-27-2011, 09:34 PM
Can't wait to see some more...

When the guy in the frozen north says its too hot you know you are in trouble.

It was a beautiful 85 degrees here in Utah today, when my plane lands in Oklahoma tomorrow it will be 107.

PierreRodrigue
07-27-2011, 09:39 PM
Don't you know? Bears don't like heat! :D Anything over 72 F I'm looking for a walk in cooler!

Tristan
07-29-2011, 11:55 AM
OMG its so nice!

:happy1::happy1::happy1::happy1::happy1:

Tristan
07-29-2011, 11:55 AM
Hmm:scratchhead: Where be the pictures then?

PierreRodrigue
07-29-2011, 12:06 PM
Hey guys, this is a 300 mm, 176 layer, ladderpattern damascus suji

Blade steels are 1084 and 15N20

Full distal taper, rounded spine and choil.

G10 ferrule, white vulcanized fiber and stainless spacers on each side of a
very nice piece of blue mammoth tooth!

Stabilized, dyed, maple burl handle. Thanks for looking!

Pierre

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1907.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1903.jpg
http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1902.jpg
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Tristan
07-29-2011, 12:11 PM
Ah there they are! :D

:happy1::happy1::happy1::happy1:

JohnnyChance
07-29-2011, 12:51 PM
You were right, that blue mammoth is awesome.

oivind_dahle
07-29-2011, 02:10 PM
Nice Pierre.

Norwegian customer?

PierreRodrigue
07-29-2011, 02:16 PM
:D Nope! His will be something... different. Its already been given a name by him ;)

oivind_dahle
07-29-2011, 02:18 PM
I cant wait to see that one ;)
But Pierre: do not overdo it! You know me and Darkhoek is always competing about the coolest knives ;) Do good, but not as good as mine... :) Heheh

Lefty
07-29-2011, 02:50 PM
Once again, absolutely stunning work Pierre!
I received mine yesterday, and it is even nicer in person! If you love Carter's grinds, you'll love the "new" thin grind Pierre is doing.
I'll post a pic showing choil (edge up) of both to show you all what I mean.
Keep it up Pierre!

HHH Knives
07-29-2011, 07:39 PM
:plus1: What a beautiful suji Pierre! I Love the use on materials and the damascus looks great.

PierreRodrigue
07-29-2011, 08:40 PM
Thanks guys, its appreciated. Got to use some G10 on this one, along with the mammoth, it looks nice in bright light, the tooth is rich!

Lefty
08-04-2011, 11:30 PM
I held off on a little review of my Pettysuki, so I could give it a real run through before posting anything "official".

My First Impressions:
The first thing I thought when I finally saw my knife in person was, "Wow. It's even nicer in real life!" The workmanship is classic Pierre, with incredible detail and precision throughout. I think it's obvious, the handle speaks for itself. The mammoth tooth is far more vibrant and intricate than I imagined. It's basically a work of art, that I can actually use (and trust me, I am!)
The blade has a nice amount of distal taper, coming to a very nice tip, with a bit of meat behind it. This is one reason I chose a kiritsuke style tip, and it was the right choice. I find some tips make me nervous, in use, but this one flies through product, but is sturdy enough to kind of beat up on. It's a great combo.
The edge profile was designed in collaboration with Pierre, then tweaked. It went for HT, we tweaked it again, and one final time before it was finished. It's 175mm, with a perfect 70mm of dead flat closest to the heel. With the profile we came up with, I can push cut, rock chop, slice and do fairly fine tip work all with the same knife. The most incredible part is, it does all of these exactly as I would hope, and doesn't lack in a single area.
The edge put on by Pierre was nice and sharp, but a bit too polished for my liking. I only sharpen with a 1k, 6k and then strop with whatever is available...anything from newsprint, to phonebooks, to a dry Suita. Needless to say, I like my edges to be a little bit toothy, and a 25000grit paperwheel doesn't leave much (if any) tooth. I've since "scuffed it up" on the Suita, and I'm impressed. I do plan on bringing it through my thorough (yeah right) sharpening routine, to see just how sharp I can get S35VN. That is, of course ifit ever gets dull enough to bother!

Steel:
S35VN is still fairly new to the kitchen game, but I really do feel it shows some promise. I don't know if it has the same ability to get scary sharp as my much loved white 1, and white 2, but I'll have to get back to you all on that.
One thing I have noticed is this steel takes an INSANE amount of pounding and comes up smiling. I've really worked it, when prepping meals, and I've almost been a little overly rough on it, just to get a true feel for what it's capable of. I've cleaned chickens, cut through a fair bit of various proteins, grisle, hard veg, delicate herbs, basically a bit of everything and the edge still looks like it did of the suita.
If this stuff can get as sharp as I like my edges, I think we might have a new kid in town, who means business. Ginsanko what?? ;)

Grind:
Pierre put a 60/40 LH grind, inspired by my Carter on my knife, for me and he really did a spectacular job. I do plan on posting pics of the two beside each other to show howimpressive the grind is.
Even with a sharp, but not "scary sharp" edge, nothing seems to be fazing it. Even sweet potatoes don't stand a chance. :)
I have noticed a slight bit of stiction when cutting whole brown mushrooms, but it hasn't created any real concern, and the shallower blade profile allows anything that does stick to push off very easily, when the next piece bumps it along.
The slight convexity seems to be doing the trick, so "Well done, Pierre!"

Feel:
As many of you know, I put the most emphasis on feel, and after that, I would have to say grind/geometry, then "sharpness" (meaning ability to get sharp).
Feel encompasses many aspects, including weight, balance, and comfort. For a smaller knife, there is a nice amount of heft, which I attribute to the multiple handle materials and decent amount of height for a petty (40mm, at the heel). The knife feels incredibly well built, which it is, and you can feel the difference of a "custom" when you hold it.
The balance is slightly on the side of the handle. I'd say it sits still about 5-7mm back from the front of the ferrule. For some this might be too far back, but on a knife this size, I think it's to be expected when you think about the handle materials. I'm finding no adverse affects of the weight distribution, and I have never once thought it felt "wrong".
Pierre took the time to fully round the entire spine and choil, and my fingers thank him for it. It feels great!

Overall:
I'm admittedly a bit biased, because Pierre has become a pretty good friend, to whom I often ask too many questions regarding my own forays into the wonderful world of knife customization. HOWEVER, I am being very honest when I say that I'm more than impressed. Because of the incredible amount of communication and "back and forth", Pierre created exactly what I had in mind, and managed to make it look even prettier than I thought possible.
While the knife truly is a work of art, I'm beating the absolute crap out of it and so far, there are no ill effects. Paring S35VN with what can easily be described as a fancy shmancy handle has given me a pretty spectacular knife. My wife loves having it hanging on our wall, and I love pulling it down and slamming it around. Maybe I should nickname it the "Marriage Expert", because it seems to be pleasing both sides very well. :D

All in all, I will write this with no hesitation. If you work with Pierre, communicate your wants and needs for a knife effectively, and allow him to do his thing, you WILL be more than pleased.
Thanks for making me such a wonderful tool, Pierre. My food doesn't taste any better than it did before, but my WIP pics of dishes look way nicer, and prepping is that much more fun. I look forward to designing my next knife with you in the somewhat near future.

Pensacola Tiger
08-05-2011, 12:18 AM
Nice review, but where are the pics? :razz:

Lefty
08-05-2011, 12:22 AM
They'll happen...sometime.
Sorry, I have a mortgage to pay and long work hours! Haha

oivind_dahle
08-05-2011, 06:59 AM
Congrats Lefty

So thats 1 Carter and 2 Pierre this year, whats next?

Lefty
08-10-2011, 01:18 PM
I finally got off my lazy butt and took a choil comparison shot. You'll see how similar the grind is on both knives.
The Carter is on the left, and the Rodrigue is on the right. You can see the slight left-handed bias on the Rodrigue, and I'm sure you'll all agree, it is beautifully done!

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/6aefbb60.jpg

oivind_dahle
08-12-2011, 04:59 PM
More pics Lefty! MORE!!! :)

PierreRodrigue
08-15-2011, 08:25 AM
What a crazy week! Worked 76 hours at my full time job last week, absolutly nuts! On a positive note, I got a 10% raise. First one in 3 years, looks like things are getting back to normal after the recession. No knife news this week, but there is always work :(

kalaeb
08-15-2011, 09:17 AM
Nice, congrats on the raise!

Darkhoek
08-15-2011, 10:56 AM
Congrats on the raise, Sir. Always feels good when your efforts are valued and appreciated. Hopefully we'll soon be seeing some knife news as well. :juggle:

DarKHOEk

Vertigo
08-15-2011, 11:00 AM
Hey, congrats Pierre! 3 years is too long to go without a raise.

I got 3.6% this year. Chapped my ass with business up like 10% but at least it's something.

PierreRodrigue
08-27-2011, 10:22 PM
Ok, this is a 240 (actual edge closer to 250) Gyuto
A little different profile than most, requested by its new owner :thumbsup:

Hand rubbed CPM S35VN, and let me tell you, it was a chore.

G10 ferrule and end cap

Stabilized dyed maple burl Wa handle.

http://i631.photobucket.com/albums/uu37/bladebuilder/Picture1968.jpg
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Pensacola Tiger
08-27-2011, 10:33 PM
Nice work! Love that maple burl. The profile looks like a Carter funayuki.

Was the S35VN harder to hand-rub than the CPM D2?

Lefty
08-27-2011, 10:35 PM
Rick, you took the words right out of my mouth!
Great stuff, Pierre!

PierreRodrigue
08-27-2011, 10:42 PM
Rick, its the most abrasion resistant stuff I have tried in a blade this size. It is tougher than CPM D2.

Thanks guys, glad your likin' it!

mattrud
08-27-2011, 10:47 PM
i can not wait to hear some people opinions of cpms35vn, love the look of that knife, my kind of blade profile and nice dyed burl

Vertigo
08-27-2011, 11:36 PM
Niiiiiice knife right there, Pierre. Who is the lucky owner?

markk
08-28-2011, 12:12 AM
very nice indeed

Eamon Burke
08-28-2011, 01:36 AM
Rick, its the most abrasion resistant stuff I have tried in a blade this size.

:eek2:
I knew s35vn was a fairly extreme steel, but from the way you HTed that damasteel and the fact that I just sharpened a bunch of cpm154....I do not envy the man who sharpens that thing.

Beautiful, BTW.

JohnnyChance
08-28-2011, 01:59 AM
Nice handle! Like the profile too, very Masamoto/Carter/Marko -esque.

Mike Davis
08-28-2011, 03:38 PM
Man Pierre, that is one of my favorite kitchen knives i have seen....Great job all around!

Dave Martell
08-28-2011, 05:46 PM
That sure is a looker, nice one Pierre!

Darkhoek
08-29-2011, 06:38 AM
That is a beautiful knife, Pierre. Love the profile and the simplicity of the handle. Excellent work as ususal.

DarkhoeK

RobinW
08-29-2011, 06:51 PM
11 comments before i managed to see any pictures of my own knife. Dang these air born power cables. Just managed to rig a generator to run the Verizon box and fridge.... Still >72 hours before power is expected to be restored.

Either way, spec of shape is as you already figured out to be very close Masamoto KS (which i have only seen on pics) and Carter Funy.
I wanted to try a new steel and choose between RWL and S35VN. The choice fell on the S35 based on my wish to try anstainless which should have good edge retention.

The handle is just how I like it, simple and elegant.

A better report will follow after some testdrives.

Now I just cant wait to try the knife out...

Big thanks to Pierre for humoring my wishes and a job well done!

Ohh and on the sharpening, I believe Pierre promised Dave would sharpen for free for the lifetime of the knife! Right Dave? :jumpy:

Lefty
09-01-2011, 03:02 PM
A little update on the S35VN pettysuki.
I took it through a "progression" of 1k King, 6k Suehiro and stropped on newsprint. It was surprisingly quick to get a stupid sharp edge. I made a little video on my iphone of the knife slicing papertowel. It's what I was checking my edge with. If I had a tomato, I would've used it to make a decent video, but this should give you an idea of how sharp S35VN can get with very little effort. It IS NOT S30VN, so fear not!
I'm still loving the knife, by the way!
http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc399/Lefty-T/d5c55d53.mp4

HHH Knives
09-01-2011, 09:34 PM
Nice knife Pierre. LIm really digging the handle on this one. Im gona have to learn to do Wa handles some day! cool vid to Lefty! looks scary sharp!

PierreRodrigue
09-02-2011, 12:24 AM
Thanks again! Hey Randy, look me up if you want to chat handles...

oivind_dahle
09-09-2011, 03:44 PM
Any news Pierre? :)

PierreRodrigue
11-27-2011, 06:56 PM
Here is a nice clean looking knife, no clutter. I will find its home in Texas, in the hands of the owner of a couple upscale restaurants.

240mm CPM 154, handrubbed at HRC 61

Full distal taper

rounded choil and spine

copper bolsters

Cocobolo scales with mosaic pins.

Thanks for looking.

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kalaeb
11-27-2011, 07:40 PM
I am a BIG copper fan, looks great Pierre.

HHH Knives
11-27-2011, 07:46 PM
Super clean knife, Loving the copper cocobolo combination. :)

markk
11-27-2011, 08:14 PM
Loving the copper cocobolo combination. :)

+1, that combination looks classy

Eamon Burke
11-27-2011, 08:31 PM
Where in Texas? I must find this knife!

JK. That would be a KILLER handle for a carbon monosteel knife.

RRLOVER
11-27-2011, 08:38 PM
Beautiful work Pierre,love that copper.Is the bolster pinned or soldered.

PierreRodrigue
11-27-2011, 09:28 PM
Yes!
















:) hidden pins, and silver soldered.

Lefty
11-27-2011, 10:09 PM
Great looking knife! I bet it cuts just as great as it looks!

Dave Martell
11-28-2011, 06:09 PM
That's a looker Pierre!

PierreRodrigue
12-06-2011, 07:15 PM
Here is a suji, I did the handle materials a wee bit different, let me know what you think!

270mm CPM 154 Hand rubbed to 600gr.
Rounded choil and spine,
G10 bolsters, white vulcanized spacers on either side of a Stabilized sycamore spacer,
stabilized dyed maple burl, with mosaic pins.
Thanks for looking!

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HHH Knives
12-06-2011, 07:20 PM
Pierre, Thats a beautiful blade and handle combination. Awesome work.

peterm
12-06-2011, 07:26 PM
Great work Pierre! The knives are practically pouring out from Canada now!

Lefty
12-06-2011, 07:30 PM
What a surprise...it looks amazing, as always!

WillC
12-06-2011, 07:31 PM
Lovely work Pierre. love the autumnal colors in the handle.

PierreRodrigue
12-07-2011, 06:28 PM
CPM 154, hand rubbed, stainless bolsters and pins, stabilized spalted maple handle.
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El Pescador
12-07-2011, 06:34 PM
That's a beauty!

bcrano
12-07-2011, 07:09 PM
That's just lovely

apicius9
12-07-2011, 08:10 PM
Beautiful. I love these knives but I don't have any use for them. Maybe I shouldn't let that hold me back...

Stefan

markk
12-07-2011, 08:30 PM
very nice

Johnny.B.Good
12-07-2011, 08:36 PM
Wicked looking Pierre.

Lefty
12-07-2011, 08:47 PM
Niiiiiice! If I needed a filet knife, you'd be my guy. I guess I can say the same for gyutos, pettys, parers, rescue knives....

Eamon Burke
12-07-2011, 11:23 PM
Boy the tip of that had to be fuuuuun.

sachem allison
12-08-2011, 01:04 AM
gorgeous pierre!

PierreRodrigue
01-16-2012, 06:47 PM
CPM 154 Sujihiki, 285mm Kiritsuki tip, convex ground, full distal taper.

Copper and brass Mokume bolsters, attached with hidden pins.

Desert ironwood scales with black vulcanized fiber liners, 2 brass pins, and 2 mosaic center pin.

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Thanks for looking!

SpikeC
01-16-2012, 06:52 PM
Love the handle, very elegant piece!

kalaeb
01-16-2012, 07:06 PM
Ohh baby, that is fantastic!

Pensacola Tiger
01-16-2012, 07:22 PM
Looks great, Pierre! Is that some of Mark's wood?

PierreRodrigue
01-16-2012, 07:39 PM
No, not this stuff, I have had this around for a couple years now, it polished up very nicely, a little oil to make things pop.
Oh yeah balance point is 12 mm in front of the bolster face.

PierreRodrigue
01-16-2012, 07:40 PM
My 'puter is giving me attitude!

chuck239
01-16-2012, 08:10 PM
Looks great! Does it have a home?

-Chuck

Eamon Burke
01-16-2012, 08:12 PM
That's a big one! Nice job....again.

Aren't you supposed to be resting though???

PierreRodrigue
01-16-2012, 09:01 PM
Yes it is going to its new home soon. It is the new big brother of the western 240 mm with the ironwood and same pin/mokume from an earlier post.

- am resting, I'm in a nice warm shop, its -44 with the wind chill outside, this stuff is easy going. Helps with the sanity! What's left of it! Going to do some handle work tomorrow.

Lefty
01-16-2012, 09:43 PM
Hells yeah! Hot damn!!!

Eamon Burke
01-16-2012, 10:33 PM
- am resting, I'm in a nice warm shop, its -44 with the wind chill outside, this stuff is easy going. Helps with the sanity! What's left of it! Going to do some handle work tomorrow.

I feel you on that. Oh wait, it's 65F here no I don't.
:sofa:

Line cooked
01-16-2012, 10:56 PM
Thing of beauty...stay warm

Pensacola Tiger
01-16-2012, 11:01 PM
http://cdn.svcs.c2.uclick.com/c2/5e03c2b01ef5012f2fc800163e41dd5b?width=900.0

Dave Martell
01-17-2012, 12:26 AM
I like that a lot, especially how you used the wood on the handle, it's a great layout. Top marks Pierre! :)

Bryan G.
01-17-2012, 12:42 AM
Yea that's sweet. Pierre I am really digging your profile on the suji. I never really looked closely at it until I saw Davids post I believe it was with his collection and I was like dayum is that a Pierre Suji and he informed it was. And now I see it with western handle ... I am quickly converting back the other way now. I think the westerns have out numbered my wa's in my bag once again.

Kind Regards

Bryan

bcrano
01-17-2012, 12:53 AM
Wow Pierre. That looks amazing! Great work.