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Project by Ken90712 posted 07-01-2021 01:14 PM 706 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always wanted to make a set of knives. After seeing James E McIntyre’s post on these Damascus steel knives I was hooked. I had a buddy making cutting boards for Krammer knives that sold for over 10k each.

The Manufacture of the kiife blank is a Japanese company called Katsura Cutlery. They are very reasonably priced. Spent roughly 120 for both. In full disclosure I couldn’t find out where they are made but there was a small piece of paper in box with ” RBC ”... In the back of my mind I suspected this with such a economical price.

I used Wenge for the handles and base. At first I turned the posts ( standoffs ) on Lathe, but felt they drew to much attention away from knives. So I chose aluminum 1/4 rod. This seems to blend in better for my eyes.. I used epoxy and the provided rivets for assembly. Alot of hand shaping and sanding.. Used endo var on base and 15 coats of super glue on scales. Sanded scales with micro mesh and buffed.

I learned a lot on first attempt, knives are super sharp and look fwd to seeing how the hold up.

Thx for looking all comments are welcome.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"





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James E McIntyre

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#1 posted 07-01-2021 02:31 PM

Those are so great and the Wenge contrasts well with the steel.

Putting epoxy on the scales is a smart idea it will keep the wood water proof.

Thanks for the acknowledgement.
Glad to be your first comment.

I went on line and asked “Where are Katsura Cutlery’s knives made. Here’s what came up.

-- James E McIntyre

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mikeacg

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#2 posted 07-01-2021 02:38 PM

It’s on my bucket list as well! They look GREAT! I’ll have to check out Katsura!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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lew

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#3 posted 07-01-2021 02:38 PM

Absolutely love these! Awesome work, Ken!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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James E McIntyre

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#4 posted 07-01-2021 02:41 PM

Those knife holders look familiar. Your front ones fit better than mine. Looks like you made a saw kerf for them.

Did you cut a hole w/a forstner bit then cut the hole in half for the handle holder?

The cutting board matches the knife handles perfectly.

-- James E McIntyre

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pottz

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#5 posted 07-01-2021 02:49 PM

beautiful knives ken and a nice base to display them.your the first person i know of to use super glue on handles,may have to try that.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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pottz

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#6 posted 07-01-2021 02:57 PM

just looked them up myself i think im gonna buy one since their on sale.real nice looking demascus.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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bugradx2

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#7 posted 07-01-2021 03:59 PM

Gorgeous!

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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489tad

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#8 posted 07-01-2021 09:37 PM

The handles look nice without a video testing them at high speed chopping. Ok I watch too much Forged in Fire. Beautiful display.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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degoose

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#9 posted 07-01-2021 09:53 PM

That looks great…

-- Be safe.

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AJ1104

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#10 posted 07-02-2021 12:44 AM

Super job! I really like the display idea. The wenge handles look amazing.

-- AJ

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#11 posted 07-02-2021 01:56 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Popsnsons

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#12 posted 07-02-2021 03:16 AM

Beautiful work. Congrats on the Daily Top 3. Time to fire up the smoker.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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Eric

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#13 posted 07-02-2021 11:40 AM

Nicely done

-- Eric, building the dream

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Ken90712

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#14 posted 07-02-2021 12:26 PM

Thanks for all the comments, a bunch of you l have known for years on here. Been busy last cpl yrs with new home and building our shop. Haven’t got online as much as I like to. God Bless all od you and your families..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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pottz

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#15 posted 07-02-2021 01:36 PM

bought two knife blanks,thanks for showing this ken.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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