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Hand forged Swedish Elmax stainless steel kitchen and chef knives

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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









































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alright, well I guess I get to be the first to say thanks for sharing.

I'm getting into kitchen knives more and more and those are very nice, it's nice to see that it can be done:)

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I really like this set, there's something captivating about the shapes and colours and wood and finish...

But what really grabs me is the design in the handles. It ties everything together perfectly.



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Can you explain a bit about your forging process? I see you mention they are hand forged but the thicknesses are so uniforms I would be interested to see your process for these? Forging stainless too must be interesting.

Let not the swords of good and free men be reforged into plowshares, but may they rest in a place of honor; ready, well oiled and God willing unused. For if the price of peace becomes licking the boots of tyrants, then "To Arms!" I say, and may the fortunes of war smile upon patriots

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pardon me,

but the wood looks more like heat treated alder-root to me

for curly birch there is not much curlyness in it


normally the Finns are rather strikt about these things


and Sams question is really interesting


best regards


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WOW now the next question is what does the set with the rack cost ? USA Tennessee . PM Please .



Robert D. Yates , 13 & On Forge

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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):




Sam. PM sent.

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I think they look like fine kitchen knives.


and I have been extremely impressed with you developing your brand I think you are doing an inspirational job.


However the distinction between a blade that is hand forge to shape and one that is cut and ground from flat rolled bar is quite an important one for a blade smith. The term Hand forges has a pretty much understood meaning around here, that the blade is forged to shape and the bevels forged in .

Whether the blades are forged or ground to shape doesn't matter a jot as far as the quality of the knives is concerned. The distinction is important However when describing the process of making and all the associations and connotations that go with it. People hang a lot of emotional weight around quality onto forge blades (rightly or wrongly)


stock removal is stock removal (grinding) , Forging is forging. They are different processes.

forging soul in to steel



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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.

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