These are all videos I have shot around my workshop. For customers, I hope that watching these gives you insight into what really goes into making each of my knives, for those of you interested in learning I hope that they might be a valuable resource. Enjoy!
A demonstration of forging a Damascus knife from 1084 and 15N20. This video was shot in 2 days at Underhill Forge in Manheim, PA. This is not an instructional video on how for forge your own, it is meant as a demonstration of some of the work that goes on here every day at the forge.
This video demonstrates casting pewter directly onto a knife for bolsters. The same technique can be used to cast butt-caps for handles as well.
This is the process I use to make my own ferric chloride for etching San Mai and Damascus knife blades. The ratio is fairly simple, 2 parts hydrogen peroxide to one part ferrous chloride. The first step in this video demonstrates how to make ferrous chloride, the second step changes it rapidly to our desired ferric chloride.
For demonstrations I often do these wire rope knives, also known as cable damascus. I suppose it’s one of the styles of knife that I’m known for. They’re unique, made of something everyone recognizes and, unlike a railroad spike, make a great knife that holds an edge.
Just a short video on the basics of the heat treating processes I use. It’s by no means a complete how-to, but it gives a primer on the knowledge needed to take it further.
I built this 30 ton hydraulic press to aid in my creation of my blade steel. Over the past year I’ve moved away from mono-steel construction and since blends such as what I use are not commercially available, I have to make every billet before I can hammer out a knife blade. Currently I make a large billet of about 2.5″x24″ and then cut it into smaller bars depending on the project I’m forging. Towards the end of this video, you can see another machine I made a few years ago, a rolling mill. Sometime in the fall I plan on redesigning and building a more substantial machine and will document that process here.