Gallery- Martell Knives

Discussion in 'JapaneseKnifeSharpening / Dave Martell Knives' started by Dave Martell, Jul 28, 2011.

Help Support Kitchen Knife Forums by donating:

  1. Jul 24, 2018 #871

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Here's a 205mm wa gyuto that I just finished up! :)

    Steel - 52100 @ Rc62-63

    Handle - Figured maple & streaked blond buffalo horn


    The customer asked for a darker (brown) wood with lighter colored buffalo horn on both ends. He also mentioned that he could go for burnt wood too. I put forth the idea of staining (a very standard, yet stabilized) maple I have on hand using the old Pennsylvania long rifle technique of using iron and acid to bring out the figuring. The customer said go for it and the results look even better than I had hoped for. The pictures can't show the depth and movement that this process brings to the wood but it's somewhat along the lines of koa. Since the color was still a bit bland I decided to add in the customer's "burnt wood" idea and I torched the maple as well which really made the color come out as well as even more figuring - win win! Hopefully he likes it as much as I do. ;)

    Here it is....

    P1010004.JPG P1010007.JPG P1010010.JPG P1010017.JPG P1010021.JPG P1010023.JPG
    Martell_Knives_Handle_Maple.JPG
     
  2. Jul 25, 2018 #872

    niwaki-boy

    niwaki-boy

    niwaki-boy

    member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2016
    Messages:
    459
    Location:
    PNW
    Wow that looks nice, really like that effect. Can you give a little info on the process.. pretty please?
     
  3. Jul 25, 2018 #873

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Thanks!


    Iron and an acid are mixed (and soaked for days) then you have iron acetate. When applied to wood, especially maple, it causes a chemical reaction to the tannins. Heat treating the wood makes for an even more dramatic effect and brings out the red/orange color.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2018 #874

    McMan

    McMan

    McMan

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2018
    Messages:
    441
    That really is a cool technique.
    Looks like its got chattoyance for days!
     
  5. Jul 25, 2018 #875

    panda

    panda

    panda

    O.G.

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    Messages:
    5,970
    Location:
    south florida
    Forced patina handle!!
     
  6. Jul 25, 2018 #876

    niwaki-boy

    niwaki-boy

    niwaki-boy

    member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2016
    Messages:
    459
    Location:
    PNW
    Exactly!

    Thanks Dave appreciate that! I think I remember a blip about this when I was doing more woodworking back in the 90's. It really reminds me of the finish of some high end chippendale antiques... beautiful!
     
  7. Jul 25, 2018 #877

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    You guys are great - thanks. :)
     
  8. Jul 25, 2018 #878

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,242
    Beautiful! What an amazing finish on that wood, wow!
     
  9. Jul 25, 2018 #879

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Thanks Manuel!
     
  10. Jul 25, 2018 #880
    I think you just wrote the order for the next Forgie conversion; way, way down the road.
    Now that’s creativity and talent right there.
     
    Bill13 likes this.
  11. Jul 25, 2018 #881

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Hey that's a good idea Dave!

    Thanks
     
  12. Aug 8, 2018 #882

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Here's the last of the O1 sujihikis....300mm in length with a wa octagonal handle made out of amboyna burl and streaked blond buffalo horn. :)


    *The sun was blazing when I shot these pictures and as a result the pictures reflect the knife's image poorly. I know that the customer will be pleased to see the knife in person much more than seeing these pictures.

    P1010002.JPG P1010009.JPG P1010012.JPG P1010014.JPG P1010020.JPG P1010021.JPG P1010024.JPG
     
  13. Aug 8, 2018 #883

    Bill13

    Bill13

    Bill13

    Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2013
    Messages:
    1,983
    Super sweet Dave!! Your suji profile is so perfect.

    So the rest of your carbon knives will be 52100?
     
  14. Aug 8, 2018 #884

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA

    Yes sir, for my carbon offerings it's going to be 52100 from now on.

    Thanks!
     
  15. Aug 9, 2018 #885

    milkbaby

    milkbaby

    milkbaby

    Well-Known Doofus Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2016
    Messages:
    1,440
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
    That k-tip suji profile is killer and the amboyna handle is a great match!
     
  16. Aug 9, 2018 #886

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
  17. Aug 20, 2018 #887

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Here's a 270mm gyuto made out of 52100 high carbon ball bearing steel with a wa handle constructed of presentation grade koa paired with streaked blond buffalo horn. I LOVE this handle! :cool:

    MartellKnives1.JPG MartellKnives5.JPG MartellKnives14.JPG MartellKnives21.JPG MartellKnives23.JPG MartellKnives25.JPG MartellKnives30.JPG MartellKnives32.JPG
     
  18. Aug 21, 2018 #888

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    daddy yo yo

    Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,242
    You never cease to amaze, Dave! This is gorgeous!
     
  19. Aug 22, 2018 #889

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Here's a 160mm petty made from CPM154 powdered stainless steel with a western handle constructed of box elder burl, blond buffalo horn, with G10/nickel silver spacers.

    *The images are washed out (most were unusable) yet I think you can still see the knife well enough in these ones The owner should be pleased when he gets it in hand though, looks soooooooooooo much better in person.

    P1010001.JPG P1010005.JPG P1010008.JPG P1010023.JPG
     
  20. Aug 22, 2018 #890

    milkbaby

    milkbaby

    milkbaby

    Well-Known Doofus Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2016
    Messages:
    1,440
    Location:
    Sunny Florida
    Looking great as usual, Dave. :thumbsup:

    Is the blonde horn on all the recent knives from that group buy? Looks really nice...
     
    Dave Martell likes this.
  21. Aug 22, 2018 #891

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA

    I sold all the horn from the group buy right away as it was too small for my needs.

    Thanks for the kinds words. :)
     
  22. Aug 27, 2018 #892

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Just finished up on this 180mm wa nakiri made from CPM154 powdered stainless steel. The octagonal wa handle is constructed from a straight grained ironwood, marbled (or streaked) buffalo horn, with G10 spacers for accent.

    The ironwood was supplied by the customer (and Cody The Ginger Ninja Saya Whisperer) as the knife is headed off to Cody to get a matching saya before going to it's new home in OZ.

    P1010002.JPG P1010006.JPG P1010010.JPG P1010012.JPG P1010013.JPG P1010015.JPG P1010019.JPG P1010021.JPG P1010028.JPG P1010032.JPG
     
  23. Oct 11, 2018 #893

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    I just finished up on this 240mm K-tip gyuto made from CPM154 (powdered stainless) steel. The handle is an octagon wa using a "metallic" poly acrylic material.

    The customer ordered this knife while he was here in the shop visiting and was able to design the knife right then and there. He came up with just the profile and handle size/design on the spot and from there I did the profile grinding and then passed the knife back and forth between us until he had just the right feeling on the board he was looking for. He had me tweak the heel height and also added in the K-tip feature, all under his immediate approval. The customer then went through my bin of poly blocks and paired up a combo that I wasn't too sure about, certainly not something that I would have done on my own, yet I think the end result is simply fantastic! He did a great job on designing his knife and I was happy to build it for him.

    Thanks Richard, enjoy! :)

    Martell_Knive_3.JPG Martell_Knives_1.JPG Martell_Knives_4.JPG Martell_Knives_6.JPG Martell_Knives_9.JPG Martell_Knives_11.JPG Martell_Knives_15.JPG P10100177.JPG P10100222.JPG
     
    playero likes this.
  24. Nov 1, 2018 #894

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    Just updating the thread with the last knife sold....

    [​IMG]

    See THIS THREAD for more pictures and details.
     
    playero likes this.
  25. Dec 24, 2018 #895

    MartinT

    MartinT

    MartinT

    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2018
    Messages:
    26
    Location:
    USA
    many pics are no longer viewable..
     
    Dave Martell and playero like this.
  26. Dec 26, 2018 #896

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Dave Martell

    Forum Founder Professional Craftsman

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    13,538
    Location:
    Airville, PA
    I just went through this thread and it looks like about 50% of the pictures in the first half are not showing. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

    @Angie :)
     
  27. Dec 26, 2018 #897

    Angie

    Angie

    Angie

    Staff Member Administrator Global Moderators

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2016
    Messages:
    1,102
    Location:
    SouthEast
    @Dave Martell I've looked into this and need more information from you. Have sent a Private Conversation so we can figure it out.
     

Share This Page