I have a
small family-run business dedicated to helping do-it-yourself knife
makers. We've perfected techniques which allow us to cast steel
blades with very exact detail from original blades that are hand-forged
from files and rasps, or flaked from stone. I've been a custom
knife maker for years, having been admitted to the Knife Makers Guild in
1974. I also have a blacksmith shop, and twenty years experience
in metal-casting so investment casting was the logical way to duplicate
primitive blades. I forge the originals and make the molds.
Then we produce wax models which are investment-cast in D2 steel, a
superior knife steel which we heat treat to a Rockwell hardness of 58.
I hand-grind the blades once before and once after heat treating.
Then the blades are given a black patina with cold gun blue that looks
just like blades fresh from a blacksmith's tempering oil. Then
they are hand sharpened on a series of stones to produce a razor edge.
That's how we ship them.