Custom Handmade Knives - are they really handmade? October 07 2014, 0 Comments
Is a ‘custom-made‘ knife also a ‘handmade’ knife?
Generally yes, but an increasing number of "custom" knives are produced via CNC production methods, so the answer is no it may not be a handmade knife.
In addition there are an growing number of small, one man knife making companies who use production methods to make knives.
Production made knife
- CNC technology is generally used even for the small scale company.
- Table top milling machines like the Micro Mill and bigger versions like Tormach are used in garages and basements to build customer knives.
- Manual work during the knife making process is eliminated as much as possible.
- Knives are made in batches or small lot sizes for economy of scale.
- Knife Folder makers are prone to use this type of construction.
Identify a handmade knife vs production Knife -
- Uniform in the shape, mass produced
- Often with scalloped or grooved blades in perfect geometry
- The most obvious of all is that you will see the knife is advertised exactly the same everywhere!
- Most of the work is done by the maker in a manual fashion using machinery or in a very old fashion using hand tools only like black smith or forging.
- Stock removal is the most preferred method where out of a flat bar the blank is cut out and then shaped by hand on a belt sander.
- A very uniform knife blade is made using jigs to achieve the most consistency and avoiding irregularities. Even so some very experienced and talented knifemakers grind their blades freehand with a consistency close to using a jig.
A handmade knife where the maker uses only his manual skill usually shows some kind of a small irregularity within the similar models, none is really the same or identical.
Small irregularities are a sign of a truly handmade knife so accept them and do not regard them as flaws.
With a handmade knife you acquire a unique knife of very high quality made with the art and skill of its maker.