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Christo711
02-20-2012, 06:52 PM
I've been a chef for 10 years now. Never before (since now) have I had so much inspiration from you guys about knives. So much in fact I'm looking to get into the craft, and figured a good foundation would be at Ed Fowler's school of knifemaking. Has anyone ever taken a class there? What should I expect? There are some tools that I would need to bring to the school (hammer, tongs, gloves, etc) but dont know where to look. Any websites / purveyors / brands that you all prefer to use? Thank you all for helping me finally realize my dream of knifemaking :hungry:

JohnnyChance
02-20-2012, 08:02 PM
There are some links here (http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/showthread.php/1034-Wood-Vendors!-links-latest-pickups) that have some vendors that supply knife making materials and tools.

jmforge
02-20-2012, 09:15 PM
If you are itching to become a metal pounder, I would recommend going to a hammer in or two before you actually look at taking a class. If nothing else, you can pick up some tools at them. Where are you located?

tk59
02-20-2012, 11:28 PM
If you want to make kitchen knives worth using, I'd start by buying a few japanese knives, a few blanks and a grinder and trying to get your blanks to work as well as japanese. If you just want to shape steel into something that looks like a knife and takes an edge, you just need to come up with something that people think looks pretty.

Christo711
02-21-2012, 12:35 AM
I spend about 3 months a year in WA

Christo711
02-21-2012, 12:40 AM
If you want to make kitchen knives worth using, I'd start by buying a few japanese knives, a few blanks and a grinder and trying to get your blanks to work as well as japanese. If you just want to shape steel into something that looks like a knife and takes an edge, you just need to come up with something that people think looks pretty.

i have lots of japanese knives at hand and inspiration from Michael Radar, Bill Burke, Martell, and Fowler to hopefully pound something that looks like somethin. My old man and I are going to build a blowtorch forge and I got some old files to use. Grinding to shape is going to be tricky cause I dont have anything like that to take off a lot of material. Should I oil quench, or water? Clay harden?

Thanks for all the advice so far.

SpikeC
02-21-2012, 02:38 PM
Knife Forum has some good tutorials addressing just what you plan to do.

sachem allison
02-21-2012, 02:58 PM
i have lots of japanese knives at hand and inspiration from Michael Radar, Bill Burke, Martell, and Fowler to hopefully pound something that looks like somethin. My old man and I are going to build a blowtorch forge and I got some old files to use. Grinding to shape is going to be tricky cause I dont have anything like that to take off a lot of material. Should I oil quench, or water? Clay harden?

Thanks for all the advice so far.
try bladesmith's forum also

Boatbuilder
02-21-2012, 06:41 PM
Not sure where you are located but Ed Caffrey from Great Falls Montana is a great teacher as well.

Eamon Burke
02-21-2012, 10:11 PM
There's no substitute for picking someone you can drive to, calling them up, finding out they are helluva nice guy(they all are), and pounding some hot metal.

Congrats on the addiction, it's a great thing.