The ideal knife maker lab

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The knife maker's workshopThe ideal knife maker workshop is a place that allows you to build the design of the knife that you want to make with the desired finish and care.

The tools help but for my experience what makes the difference is the maker’s ability to “feel” the detail and achieve it.

Man always makes a difference!

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I’ve seen makers with few tools make extraordinary knives and vice versa maker with “very rich” labs making mediocre knives.

Now I do not mean that the tools can not help you in the realization and there are some that are also fundamental to work effectively, but the end result is dictated a lot by the capacity of the maker rather than by the instrument.

Improvise, adapt and achieve the goal!

Now regardless of this we are going to “build” the ideal laboratory for a maker.

Ps. I do not deliberately insert images inthe post because I do not want to advertise any kind of equipment or material.

Somehow building this post is like getting to know each other a little bit more one step at a time.

Step by Step!

Beware that what I propose it’s an ideal laboratory, a little dream for a knife maker but as you well know, the reality is that they are things that are built with time, because you need to have the space,the economic availability, the desire to address this passion in a more professional way and who knows also make it a business.w

As I told you before the end result is regardless of all this! It is always the man who makes the difference even if clearly the equipment is of help and support.

Let’s go!

The ideal laboratory workspaces

Creative zone

Where you have your desk with a PC and drawings on paper or 3D CAD, study and write your notes, curate your site, post on social media your creations, do your research, etc.

It’s also a relaxation area! 🙂

Clean area

Where you run the montages, it is an area where there are no dust and where you perform tasks that do not soil the environment.

In my case I also have the 3D printer, the laser for engraving on soft materials, the press for the paper, etc.Prusa 3D printer

Dirty area

Where all dirty operations are performed, such as smoothing, scraping, hardening, cutting, etc.

It must be an isolated area.


Where you keep materials such as steel, plaques, wood, pins, bones, glue, resins, etc.

You should have a list of the materials you have to avoid making double purchases.

Now as you can guess these areas but above all the dirty one goes separate well with airtight doors that do not pass odors and powders and in passing between areas you should clean your shoes well and take off your shirt if you wear it.

My extra personal area

Personally I have an additional area of inspiration that is linked to my other passion and that is adjacent to the area where I work.

Equipment for the ideal knife maker laboratory

Hand tools

  • Screwdrivers of different shapes and sizes,
  • Different tongs such as shape and size,
  • Miscellaneous keys such as type and size,
  • Iron and rubber hammers,
  • Iron and wood lIme of various shapes
  • Chisels of various sizes
  • etc. , etc.

Ps. Take a ride from a brico or a self, there’s fun!!

For material removal

It is composed of manual but mainly electrical tools to give shape to knives, handles, etc. such as:

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  • Ribbon sander with inverter, with wheels of different diameters and flat.
  • Flexible from at least 800W,
  • Iron ribbon saw,
  • et cetera.

To lock the piece

  • One or more traditional over-the-counter grips, better if large.
  • Knifemaker tube bite
  • 3D arm bite

To cut

  • Manual iron saw of various sizes to cut the steel bar or other smaller such as pins, mosaic pins, wood, etc.( a great ass!!)
  • Vertical iron tape saw to cut the steel bar (it’s also good for wood since you don’t make many cuts)
  • Flexible disc to cut the steel bar.

To track

  • Trick
  • Feedback plan to track
  • Tip to track
  • Pencils to track
  • Prussia blue

To refine and filework

  • Lime of various shapes and sizes,
  • Micro lime for precision work,
  • Dremel or manual milling,
  • “Special” lima to do the filework thump on the back of the blades in various sizes,

To drill

  • The Hand Drill
  • Column drill with adjustable speed
  • The high-precision watch trap (for those who make lockable knives)
  • Column drill bite
  • Two-axled bite for column drill


  • Sanding ribbons in the various grains
  • Abrasive paper of various grains
  • Drill tips
  • Prussia Blue
  • Markers
  • Rags
  • Miscellaneous glues (two component, attack, resins, spray glue, etc.)
  • Solvents
  • Lucid pastes
  • Cotton wheels
  • Hardened cooling oil
  • et cetera.


  • Stone to sharpen various grains
  • Lansky Sharpered
  • Professional sharpeners
  • Electus sharpeners

Miscellaneous equipment

  • Solid work benches
  • Electric cleaner with mola and rag wheel
  • CNC mill
  • 3D Printers
  • Laser Engraver
  • Tempering oven(Rockblade, Titangrinder,others)
  • Oven for lunisation
  • Compressor you need to blow and sand
  • Blasting booth (doesn’t need great since you make knives but if you have space)
  • Tig steel welder
  • Pantograph cutter
  • Threader
  • Grinding machine
  • Lapidello, alternatively you do it on the feedback plan with the abrasive paper.
  • Anvil to be able to beat without ruining the workbench or the vice.
  • Vacuum equipment (stabilize woods, etc.)
  • Plumbing press (for various uses)

Dust intake

  • Portable powder vacuum cleaner
  • Professional suction system

Safety, And

  • Gloves
  • Masks for powders
  • Goggles
  • Fire extinguisher

Logo engraving

  • Using a tie with the logo engraved
  • Chemical logo engraver
  • Punch or electroincisor


  • Kydex press
  • Hot Gun
  • Pin input press on Kyde
  • Leather cutting tools (I don’t make the list but I make a specific post)
  • Leather sewing tools (I don’t make the list but I make a specific post)
  • Colors for the cuio


  • Light or lights for the sander
  • Workspace Lights
  • Light to make the defects on the blade stand out (if there are any)
  • Miscellaneous to see (magnifying glass, etc.)

The warehouse of the knife maker lab

Where you have steel bars, woods and synthetic materials, where you keep liquids, etc.

It must be a storage area that you also need to quickly understand what you have available and avoid making unnecessary orders of materials that you do not need because you forgot what you have.


Extras for forging – An additional specific area

Basic version – the bare minimum

  • – Coal or gas forge
  • – Anvil, minimum 25 kg
  • – Hammers, essential two round pens of 500 and 1000 gr and two clubs of 1500 and 2000 gr
  • – Steel bite, cast-iron ones even if good can’t take barrels
  • – Blacksmith’s tins of various sizes
  • – Blacksmith’s tongs of various sizes
  • – Lime of various types
  • – Iron saw
  • – Cards and abrasive stones
  • – Steel brush
  • – Small grinder
  • – Double over-the-counter grinder, or tape sander
  • – Column drill
  • – GpL burner

Evolved version, – with the help of additional equipment and machinery

  • The information shown for the basic laboratory
  • – Professional propane forge
  • – Steel anvil s50 kg up, you can also work with two hands
  • – 3, 5, 8 and 10 kg
  • – Blacksmith’s bite, they’re meant to withstand violent blows.
  • – Tape sander, with engine of at least 1 Kw
  • – Grinder with disc of 20-25 cm and cica 2 Kw
  • – Electrode welder, possibly inverter, up to 150 A
  • – Rates and cutts from anvils and furniture
  • – Oxycetile cannello

Ideal version – no expense spared

The above is for the basic and evolved laboratory plus other.

  • But the bigger the better.
  • – Press, minimum 20 tons
  • – Nail, sort of white cast iron anvil with various shapes and grooves
  • – Iron tape saw
  • – Over-the-counter truncation
  • – TIG Plasma welder
  • – Adjustment
  • – Tornio
  • – Compressor, with attached pneumatic rotary tools
  • – Over-the-counter shear
  • – Milling machine


My workshop is small but intense and creative. I have everything I need to do from the CAD design to prototyping the knife before the realization, the tape sander and the tempering oven.

I have no chance of forging for space and safety reasons but even if it is interesting it is not something I would like to do for matters of time and self-interest.

Now what I like and that I remain only myself inside my labratory, somehow inside my world where in its silence and through the wall you sound of my music playlist and out even if there is confusion, in my journey.

I’m always in the middle of the streets and maybe that’s why somehow it’s like a place to look at yourself and stay a little with yourself.

This way is just part of my work has no accident there is a part of the lab that is not a proper place to knifemaker but is always part of my world.

Sometimes it can seem selfish to be alone in your own laboratory, but it’s a kind of meditation and if you look me in the eye don’t get lost in its reflections, I don’t need anything but I’m glad if you recognize me among the people.

There’s a book I like, “The Monkey Thinks, the Monkey Does,” when reality surpasses Chuck Palahniuk’s imagination.

I hope that you too in your laboratory, or in your creative space, will find room for your thoughts, your imagination, your creativity.

It’s great to discover how everything you imagine becomes as achievable as the curve of a knife imagined on a piece of paper.

Read this post about the parable of the blacksmith of swords!

Are you eperience?


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