Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Jig is Born


Based on the experiences listed in the previous post I have decided, at least for now, to abandon the power grinder for creating blade bevels. My success ratio with blades ground to blade that were ground the way I want is shockingly low and I have had enough. Time to do better.

For a while now I have been a regular reader of the knife forum http://www.britishblades.com/. It's a fantastic site and it was there that I discovered two concepts that have really taken hold in my head: Bushcraft and Bush Knives. As an extension of that then is the idea of the Scandi grind.

A while back I had the good fortune to have a couple of my favorite knife makes answer a few questions for me about this type of knife and how they make them. The key thing I gathered from the answers I got was that the grind could be achieved with only a file and it could be done with startling consistency and razor-sharp lines.

To that end I did some research and decided to begin the prototyping and development of a jig to allow me to use the file to bevel blades. Have a look at the pic above. It's my first go at it. The vice on the 2 * 6 holds the knife while the file and its guide have and angel set between the edge to be bevelled and the top bit of bar stock. The bar stock on the top is attached via two threaded rods to the bottom bar which is, in turn, attached with 3, 1/4 inch bolts. It's simple and, I hope, effective. I'll be getting my ideas for the file guide together shortly and giving this a go. I have a sort of generic knife together on paper and will cut it out over the next day or so. I am so stoked to try it.

Stay tuned. More to come.... and hopefully better knives.

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