Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry

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Knife Engineering

Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry is a new book released on July 16, 2020 written by a metallurgist who grew up in the knife industry.

For now, only available in English

The book is an in-depth exploration of the effects of different steels,thermal treatments and edge geometries on knife performance.

This book provides classifications for toughness, edge retention and corrosion resistance for all popular knife steels. Continue reading “Knife Engineering: Steel, Heat Treating, and Geometry”

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Associazioni di coltellinai

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Knife associationsThis is a list of knife associations and guilds of knife-wielders both Italian and foreign.

An association,in law, indicates an entity consisting of a set of individuals or legal entities (associates)linked by the pursuit of a common purpose that in this case is linked to the dissemination and protection of the art of knife making.

Each of these associations has its own oriented peculiarities and with the aim of safeguarding the artisan knife intended as an object of art but also with different cultural historical nuances. Continue reading “Associazioni di coltellinai”

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The Maker’s Hamlet Doubt

the Hamlet doubt of the makerThe hamlet doubt par excellence of the makers.

CNC yes or CNC no? That’s the problem!

The knife is custom even if it is made with the CNC or only if it is made with the sander?

Now it’s clearly a pun to quote Shakespeare’s Hamlet but this question is part of one of the many controversies/debates/other kind of mental saws that are made on the net on social media between makers.

Now I tell you how I feel! Continue reading “The Maker’s Hamlet Doubt”

Laser engravings in the knife shop

laser engravings Laser engravings for wood, plastic, leather, etc. in the cutlery is something that is also coming in this area.

It’s something as innovative as using the 3D printer.

Today with little money you can take a laser inecline for tender materials such as plastic, micarta, kydex, hardwood, bamboo, rubber, leather, cut paper or other flammable plastic (such as phone covers, mouse, pencils, name paper, wallets, comb of painted metal, ivory, PCBA, etc. Continue reading “Laser engravings in the knife shop”

Evaluate a 40 euro knife vs 400 euros – I’ll explain why knives are expensive

Manufacturers of industrial and artisan knives and knife consumers are in recent years discovering that even the knife industry is not immune to the aggressive prices offered by foreign producers who come mainly from China and neighbouring countries.

With the large amount of cheap labour and the availability of cheap materials, Chinese manufacturers in particular have increased their production of cheap knives by invading Western markets even with counterfeit copies of knives of big brands of industrial knives.

Sometimes it can be difficult for an unwitting user to choose between a cheap 40 euro knife and a well-made 400 euro knife and understand the reasons for it. Continue reading “Evaluate a 40 euro knife vs 400 euros – I’ll explain why knives are expensive”