The making of a chef's knife - Jim Arbuckle's technique (PIC Heavy!!)

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    danielomalley

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    I've asked a few of the makers that we work with to show their techniques of making chef's knives. Below, Jim Arbuckle shows his technique with a knife we've just posted:
    http://www.epicedge.com/shopexd.asp?id=91648
    Jim and I went to the ABS school together in the early 90s and have been fast friends since we first met. He is one of the most genuine folks that I have ever had the opportunity to know. Jim makes a fantastic chef’s knife.

    Since the forum seems to be only allowing me to add 10 photos at a time, this'll be broken up into several messages. I’ll be adding the next segment in the next day or so.

    1. Select a sheet of steel of the appropriate thickness and type.
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    2. Pick out a design for the knife or knives. Do I use a pattern I’ve done before or do I start fresh.
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    3. Chef’s knife pattern traced on the steel (try to keep the tip of the knife away from the end of the sheet; this reduces the chance getting inclusions in the blade).
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    4. Try to maximize use of steel.
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    5. Knife blanks are cut out of sheet utilizing a metal cutting band saw. Cuts are usually almost straight due to the blade width.
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    6. Here is the Chef’s knife blank after cutting with the band saw.
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    7. Next, it goes to the grinder and a 60 grit belt to profile the blank. (Shown in the foreground is my Burr King and in the back you can see the KMG grinder.)
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    8. Here is the blank after is has been profiled. Some of the mill scale and imperfections removed from the flats. Note finger grove is left rough.
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    9. Using a flat surface (bandsaw table), a tungsten carbide tipped scribe and a small machinists’ vise, I mark the center.
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    10. Position the tip of the scribe close to the center of the edge.
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    wow. this is really, really cool.
     
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    This is a ccool post. Appreciate the insight.
     
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    Just posted my Arbuckle in newest knife buys. Excellent finish, check the filing on the spine. Your friend Jim did a great job on this one Dan . The blank looks very familiar :)
     
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    Work in progress posts are my favorite. Keep them up!
     
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    Michael Rader

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    I like the scribe clamped in the vise. I ground an old file to a point and stack tape or bus. cards under it to raise and lower. I like this better. And, that Maple Burl is CRAZY!!! Thanks. -M
     

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