View Full Version : K tip Gyuto blade blank..

HHH Knives
01-18-2012, 02:20 PM
Heres one Im getting ready to send to a new member here on the forum! Its a 1095 High Carbon Gyuto with a K tip blade blank. 240mm

This one will be finished out by him and will be a B Day gift his Dad.. I included some Killer curly maple scales that are professionally stabilized as a gift for his Dad from us, for this project!

Cazten, Have fun and please post pics here when you get it done, and if you have any questions or need some pointers, just ask. :)

I just want to put out the offer to other members of KKF.. If anyone is wanting to build there own knife, using a custom blade, damascus or high carbon or stainless steel. And would like a blade blank. Feel free to contact me. Id be happy to work with the members here doing this.

Thanks and God Bless


01-18-2012, 03:52 PM
What fun! The scales look really sweet.

01-18-2012, 05:05 PM

That is very cool of you. Those curly maple scales will look fantastic.

HHH Knives
01-18-2012, 06:57 PM
This one started out as a Gyuto. but with a little modification I topped it and adjusted the tip and BLAM, Its a K tip Gyuto. I Know his Dad is gona love this knife! And that makes me smile!! :D

The Maple is some Beautiful stuff. The curl and figure is deep and its 3-D effects are off the charts! I have a few more pieces of it, I got the maple in a trade a couple years ago. and almost forgot I had the stuff. It was buried deep under a bunch of dust and burl in the corner of my shop.. I found em the other day when I was looking for something else!! . lol


01-18-2012, 07:11 PM
Can't wait to get started on this project!

Now for the fun part, going over to my dads and kicking him out of his own garage so I can use all his tools without him seeing lol :D My apartment does't have room for the bandsaw.

This knife is going to look amazing, those scales are off the charts.

01-18-2012, 07:16 PM
What a fantastic gift and project. Nice one Guys.:biggrin:

HHH Knives
01-18-2012, 11:52 PM
Can't wait to get started on this project!

Now for the fun part, going over to my dads and kicking him out of his own garage so I can use all his tools without him seeing lol :D My apartment does't have room for the bandsaw.

This knife is going to look amazing, those scales are off the charts.

Ya know what, It would be a cool project and a even better "gift" if you make it together.. Just dont tell him its a gift for him.. and ask him for his help. you know how us Dads are, we live for stuff like that.. And then, when its done and meets his approval.. Thats when you give it to him and tell him Happy Birthday old man!! :D

Have fun and please post up some pictures when its done!!

Bryan G.
01-19-2012, 01:17 AM
Great now you guys are going to offer blanks too... man I see myself putting a knife together sooner and sooner each day even though consciously I can't even think when I'll have time to learn properly, let alone do it. Which means I'll probably end up visiting one of you guys for a lesson at which time I'll have to buy another knife and it will lead to further knife addiction which will lead to meeting more friends with this addiction which will just lead to flying around and hanging out with more of you guys ... wait where did this get to be a bad thing? Oh it didn't.

Awesome Randy! See you're making great progress here^^^^

Kind Regards


HHH Knives
01-19-2012, 06:14 PM
Brian, Sounds like you have a plan! :) Your welcome to make the first stop on the Knife makers shop "WORLD" tour my place!! :) If you have not gotten the knife making fever by then, I bet you will by the time you leave! lol

I am happy to offer the service for you guys.

Becoming a member on this forum has changed things for us here at HHH. The friendly community of Knife Knuts, and generally great group of guys.. Have been pivotal in my process of learning and developing a kitchen tool thats worthy of being calling a Kitchen Knife! And Im still learning and refining the process because of the members and posts on this board! I really cant put it into words how much I have learned and grown as a knife maker because of this forum.. so Thank you KKF!


01-22-2012, 03:31 AM
I'm gonna have to take you up on the blanks!!! That one looks really well done!

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 11:15 AM
Awesome Taz, I got your PM. Shoot me a Email rather the PM and we will work out the details. randy@hhhcustomknives.com

01-22-2012, 01:45 PM
Figures, I read and replied to your PM; I will shoot you an email as well!

HHH Knives
01-22-2012, 05:33 PM
Taz, Got the email, Thanks bro, Its easier to keep track of stuff on a email for me then the PM system here. Lets get some blade rollin! :)

01-24-2012, 05:55 PM
Got my knife and scales in yesterday. Looks awesome! Great workmanship on the blank it fit the bill of what I was hoping for even better than I expected.

I'm not a knife buff and the only stuff I have to compare it to is the chef knife from my bergoff set and my dads wusthof chefs knife (which this is replacing). Compared to my dads knife, it's about as thick at the back tallest part of the blade on top but I think thinner at the bottom where the cutting edge will be. Extending out to the tip it's without a doubt much thinner all around. And the tip, talk about a point! That things dangerous lol even completely unsharpened I can hardly even stand the the bare weight of the knife point down on my heavily callouses fingers.

My main concern when I bought this was how heavy and thick it would be compared to my current chef knifed. I'd be pretty confident in saying I'll be blown away if when fully sharpened this thing isn't like a lazer compared to the wusthof while still being thick enough to not worry about any heavy duty and hard cutting.

I'm pretty excited to get going on this I'm currently experimenting with some forced patina. I'll post some pics when I get it where I like. Hopefully late next week I'll be able to start in on the handles.

HHH Knives
01-24-2012, 08:05 PM
cazten, thanks for letting me know it arrived. I have no doubt your dad will love it and it will preform well for him!

Have fun working on it and please post up a photo or two when you can!

02-17-2012, 03:33 PM
Finally goT to working on this! Got a really beautiful patina going,forced. Probably repeated the process 10 times and re sanded till I got the ones I wanted lol. In the garage now working on handles. I'm fabricating copper liners before the handles. I just finished attaching one side last night and just sanded it off smooth. Looks cool I have half a mind to leave it copper and no handles lol. Not thick enough though.

I'll get a few pics up soon before I start applying the other side.

02-17-2012, 03:51 PM
LOL, I got some copper liner material and mosaic pins with copper for my blank!

02-17-2012, 03:54 PM


HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 04:52 PM
Cool looking patina! How did ya do it?

I cant wait to see this when you get r done!

02-17-2012, 05:43 PM
Mustard! But the real secret to getting the look I wanted was HEAT. Mustard alone no matter how much I did it only resulted it gray dark etchings. But mine, under the right light especially is full covered in luminescent blue, covered by dark etchings.

I would heat the blade under the hottest tap water I had for about a minute, quickly apply mustard. I'd let it cool for abouta couple minutes then hit it with a blow dryer. The blow dryer would completely dry out the mustard and I noticed better color results if mid blow dry I re covered it in mustard again (without removing the dry layer). Just enough to kinda wet it again. Once I got it fairly hot (not crazy hot, just fairly uncomfortable to hold) I would let it sit again for about a minute or two. Then transfer it over to the sink under scalding water again.

I came to notice that the places that got really hot would burn the mustard, and the etchings would come out very prominent and dark right there. So to get some of those lines I flipped the knife over upside down (mustard facing down clean side up) and let the scalding water hit from th back specific places I wanted the etch to be more powerful, like of I had some bold lines I wanted to pop out harder. Just left the tap on it till it darkened. Repeated this twice on each side. The first application did 90% of the work. You can also lightly sand it with like 1000 grit and reapply over that. More busy etchings.

The one thing I also did that really brought out the ability of the patina to catch your eye was I wet sanded from 320-1000 grit. When you look down from an angle the tiny scratches/lines from heavier grit paper change how the light bounces and reflects off the blade. By taking it up to a higher grit it really changed how well that patina caught your eye from every angle.... And it also taught me really fast just how flipping hard hardened carbon steel is lol. When I first started I couldn't figure out if my paper was sanding the steel, or if the steel was sanding my sand paper lol.

HHH Knives
02-17-2012, 06:39 PM
Thanks for the explanation. I know heating the blade helps. But I have nt tried to use a heat gun.. nice tips and tricks. and the results are hard to argue with.. The blue looks great!

04-12-2012, 04:00 PM
Alright so I finally wrapped this project up! Looks and feels awesome. Ive got it sharpened at 17 degrees up to 600grit stone, and its a paper slicing machine. I have scraps everywhere Lol.

Custom forced patina on the blade. Copper liners and pins, curley maple handles with my own dye recipe. There black with a red push to the highlights, looks incredible the pics dont capture it near well enough!

Not to shabby for my first run and knife making I think!


04-12-2012, 04:19 PM
Wowsiers. That's nice! Good job.

HHH Knives
04-13-2012, 09:58 PM
That turned out GREAT! Thanks for sharing the photos!