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My next knife will be ....

Eiron | Feb 20, 2013 01:45 PM

.... my own?? :-D

So, it's been a little over 3 yrs since I first found Chowhound & started asking knife-related questions:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/672395

Since that time, I've shared a few experiences & opinions about my own, personal knife life. These discussions have been incredibly helpful in maintaining the maximum performance of my knives, & have allowed a greater level of enjoyment in the use of my equipment. Along the way, I feel the comaraderie & share the laughter of those who are silly enough to tolerate my fondness for 'waxing poetic'. (Although, there are a few early contributors who no longer participate in in our 'pointed' discussions, & I'd just like to say that I miss their continued input.)

But the 'next step' for me has come, & I fear I may have walked down the Road Of Madness, & now knock upon the Door Of Bedlam for admittance. And I cannot look back ....

Basically, I'm going to make my own, next kitchen knife! Of course, my wife thinks I'm crazy. (So, really, no change there...) I familiarized myself with the feel of working with wood & steel by repairing beat up knives from food services & modifying old finds from thrift stores. Then, since I don't have unlimited financial resources (or friends with workshops full of metalworking equipment), I decided to start the knifemaking process by building my own knifemaker's grinder. (Did I mention that this was going to be one of those longer, more drawn-out procedures?) Then, I got some scrap steel from the recycle yard & scrap oak flooring & made a 'practice' kitchen knife. (I didn't want to spend lots of money on expensive materials & make mistakes with it.)

And that's as far as I've got. It's been a nice experience to learn the intricacies of what it takes to shape steel & wood into something that looks like a knife. The next step is to repeat the process using 'real' steel. I'll update everyone as I move farther along in the process.

So -- here are a few pics of where my journey has brought me to, at this stage. I wanted to share these with the friends that have encouraged my habits ....

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