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Yeah, i was wondering how you sell an integral san mai knife for that kind of money. Thought it might have been another hobbyist driving the prices down.
From perusing his website, he's pretty much taking credit for all aspects of manfacture.
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The gallery pics look like he's profiling blade blanks on a mill, there isn't really any disclosure of what is and isn't done though, would be interesting to know. I think the lack of pictures covering the blades indicates the answer though
Some of my knives http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...1-Tom-s-knives
Looks to me like it's both. He doesn't want to say that he buys in the blanks for the "not-made-to-order" ones, but if you put in a request for a custom knife from CPM 154(which he calls CPM 154cm), it's $200 more than the 440c chef with the same handle. It also says in his bio that he knows how to forge and heat treat. Though why there aren't pics of his forged works, I do not know.
FWIW, they don't look like forged integrals in any of the pics to me.
[QUOTE=Dave Martell;90684]I'm going on record with NewWest and say it's junk. I hate to get that stuff in for sharpeningQUOTE]
Dave, can you elaborate on why you hate to sharpen them? Are you talking about New West's S35VN line or their earlier materials?
I don't know what materials they used/or use so I can't comment on the steel type, sorry.
I can say that what I've seen from them was too soft and not worthy of my efforts. I just can't see putting an even decent edge on a knife that can't hold it for any length of time.