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  1. Owen. Thanks for your notes. I do understand the difference from shape forged and shape grinded creation. I was just explaining my way of how I do forge Elmax stainless steel. I do make the contours in forging process and the bevels (V Grind) is been grinded. The same i do with the laminated hunting knives after lamination and shaping process.
  2. Thanks guys. The handles are from Finland and they do call them Curly Birch, these are not the burls of the birch. Elmax steel is being forged to the rough form from round (30mm in diameter) material. Then it is was rolled trough the rolling mill to the thickness needed. Afterwards it was grinded. Then heat treated, hardened in the dry ice, annealed and finally sanded, matted with the river sand using air blow/stream. Then lightly polished and afterwards sharpened. One another local bladesmith also Forges Elmax for his knives - the process of forging you can see there (it is in Latvian language, but you can see the process of forging Elmax from 9:50): http://www.nomad.lv/?p=1321 Sam. PM sent.
  3. Hand forged Swedish Elmax stainless steel kitchen and chef knives These are the prototypes of John Neeman kitchen knives series. Hand forged Swedish powder metallurgy Elmax stainless steel blades of HRC 61 hardness. Dry ice/cryogenic (-70 of Celsium) hardened. River white sand blow mate finish for the blade. Lapland curly birch handles. Oak wall holder/rack. Steel from Sweden. Wood for the handles from Finland. 1. Chef 11.5" Overall length: 16.5" (420mm) Blade length: 11.5" (292mm) Handle length: 5" (128mm) Blade width: 2.6" (68mm) Blade thickness: 0.090" (2.3mm) Hardness: HRC 61 2. Chef 9.5" Overall length: 14.8" (376mm) Blade length: 9.5" (241mm) Handle length: 5.3" (128mm) Blade width: 2.5" (63mm) Blade thickness: 0.078" (2.2mm) Hardness: HRC 61 3. Chef 7.5" Overall length: 12.2" (310mm) Blade length: 7.5" (190mm) Handle length: 5" (128mm) Blade width: 2" (51mm) Blade thickness: 0.086" (2.2mm) Hardness: HRC 61 4. Fillet knife Overall length: 12.6" (320mm) Blade length: 7.3" (185mm) Handle length: 4.8" (123mm) Blade width: 1" (25mm) Blade thickness:0.066" (1.7mm) Hardness: HRC 61 5. Utility knife Overall length: 10.4" (265mm) Blade length: 6.1" (155mm) Handle length: 4.6" (118mm) Blade width: 1" (26mm) Blade thickness: 0.082" (2.1mm) Hardness: HRC 61 6. Small knife Overall length: 9.1 (232mm) Blade length: 4.6" (117mm) Handle length: 4.6" (118mm) Blade width: 1" (24mm) Blade thickness: 0.066" (1.7mm) Hardness: HRC 61
  4. 3 layers of laminated steel. L6 on the cutting edge. Lapland curly birch handle. Custom dyed (sadle tan) and hand stitched leather sheath. I am selling the one in the pictures. Specs: Weight (incl. sheath): 0.55 lbs (250 gr) Overall length: 10.92" (225mm) Blade length: 6" (154mm) Handle length: 4.92" (125mm) Blade width: 1.1" (28mm) Blade thickness: 0.11" (3.0mm) Hardness: Rockwell 61-62 (HRC) Price: $200 + Shipping
  5. Hello. This is the prototype of one of our pattern welded Damascus steel wildlife knifes. It can be used also as a hunters knife. The blade is made from 400 layers of steel. There are two types of tool steel inside the blade - CHVG and 7CHNM. I do not know the names/menaings of analogue steels in USA. These meanings are from Russian steel charts. 7CHNM CARBON: 0.7% CHROMIUM: 0.8% NICKEL: 1.8% MOLYBDENUM: 0.3% CHVG CARBON: 1.0 % CHROMIUM: 1.2% TUNGSTEN: 1.6% MOLYBDENUM: 0.3% MANGANESE: 1.1% The handle is made from elm. Hand shaped, linseed oiled and polished using beeswax, turpentine and linseed oil mixture. Leather has antique finish. It is toned using saddle tan leather dye and polished using carnauba palm leaf wax and beeswax. Sheath is hand stitched with 4 ply linen thread using traditional double saddle stitch. Ornament on the handle and the sheath is taken from Baltic folklore. It is a sign of Martin. Ir symbolises fertility. As the knife and the sheath is also a symbol of male and female, when they are close together the fertility is the result. Overall length: 8.4" (215mm) Handle length: 4.7" (120mm) Blade length: 3.7" (95mm) Blade width: 1" (25mm) Hardness: 63 HRC
  6. Hello. I just recently made polished axe (unusual for me) for one axe collector by his own wish. Overall weight: 3.0 lbs. Overall length: 19.2". Handle length: 15.3". Blade length: 6.3". Axe head: 6.7". Laminated blade. L6 carbon steel for the cutting edge. Antique finish saddle tan leather blade guard. Hand shaped elm handle.
  7. We have desighned our kitchen knives models. The techniques will be following: 1. Laminated steel - 2 layers of stainless steel on the exterior sides and high carbon/high chromium (13%) D2 tool steel layer in the cutting edge with final HRC 60-62. 2. Laminated steel - 2 layers of stainless steel on the exterior sides and high carbon/high tungsten (5%) HV5 tool steel layer in the cutting edge with final hardness of HRC 65-66. 3. Pattern welded Damascus steel
  8. Hello everyone. Thanks for watchin and asking. The eye is at first forged using mandrel and then forge welded. The ornaments we copied in computer making vectors from them to make them as close (asymetric and uneven) to the ones in the old Austrian axe, then we made mirror engraving into steel rolls filing them by hand and made two steel punches - one the flower and second the "quarter circle". Then I stamped them in using a template with holes to make the ornament even. Each part of an ornament is tripple punched in. To fit the shaft perfect without any gaps it was quite difficult. It was about 30 times prefitting and copying eye dimesions on the handle until final punch into an eye.
  9. Hello. We have recently made goosewing hewing axe replica of Baltic traditional finishing hewing axe lines. Ornament made from one 250-300 years old Austrian goosewing axe. Specs: Laminated blade. L6 tool steel for the cutting edge. Hardness: Rockwell 59-60 (HRC) Overall weight: 3.6 kilos. Blade length: 370 mm Axe head width: 210 mm Handle length: 420 mm Overall length: 790 mm Original ornament can be seen here: See the pics here:
  10. Thanks for sharing our movies. Never mind. You got it right about the laser and the logo.
  11. Hi Sam. At first the steel after hardening (while it is hot) is being threaten with bees wax (you can use honey comb wax or boiled) and then a bit later when it becomes warm with turpentine and linseed oil mix. So it gives the black look of the forged surface and also works as the treatment for anti rust. John
  12. Hi Kevin. I can opponent you. We are not positioning our work in the movies as the ancient replica of historical working, we could of course make 100% historical/medieaval show of tool craft, but then this would be just butaforic show and lies about the way we really do things. We are just showing the true way of how we make our tools. If we would position ourselves as hardcore old schoolers we should use also non power grinders and foot operated lathe. It is of course possible to do, but we decided to make things in a balance between old school methods and techniques with some "modern machines". We are focusing on hand craft, but we are not adoring machines or robots, so that is why we will never become a factory. We use only few simple power machines, like grinder, belt sander, heat stove, lathe, bandsaw and yes, a hi tech laser just for the logo engraving in the handles, as it gives very smooth and perfect look. But I will think about the traditional hot stamping. Thanks for your advice, but I hope you understand me/us. All the best John
  13. I am sharing with you the 2nd (last part) of our documentary movie "The Birth Of A Tool". It shows traditional timber framing chisel/slick making process. Thanks for watching. John
  14. I am glad you folks like the stuff we are doing. The drawknife is an old one (about 100-150 years) with very good steel, almost straight with a minimal bend/curve.
  15. Thanks Sam. I try to do my best and knowing that the tool I am making will last for generations gives more care and attention to my work. The 2nd part of the movie (the last one) will be online in a few days.
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