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    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

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    There are some links here that have some vendors that supply knife making materials and tools.
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    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?

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    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.

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    I spend about 3 months a year in WA

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    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    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.

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    Knife Forum has some good tutorials addressing just what you plan to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christo711 View Post
    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
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    Not sure where you are located but Ed Caffrey from Great Falls Montana is a great teacher as well.

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    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.

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