Russell White Handmade Knives
Thanks for visiting my website. I strive to produce a quality, hand crafted knife that you can depend on when needed. My knives are made for using regardless of the finish that they have. I strive to build a knife that will hold a cutting edge. Most of my knives are hand forged from carbon steel (E52100, 5160, and 1095). I also use the stock removal method to build knives using from 1095 high carbon steel, D2 tool steel and CPM 154 stainless.
Among handle materials used are Desert Ironwood, Bois Darc, African Blackwood, Water Buffalo horn, Micarta, Dymonwood, Mother of Pearl and others.
I will take custom orders and do my best to build knives to your discription and materials.
I am an apprentice member of The American Bladesmith Society.
Hand forged blades start out as over sized stock and are hand forged into a usable blade design. Blades are forged to rough shape paying close attention not to over heat it.
The blades are then normalized and annealed. each blade is normalized three times and annealed in order to produce a fine grain structure preparing it for hardening.
Hardening is accomplished by heating to the proper temperature and then quenched in oil.
Blades are tempered for at least two cycles, two hours each cycle. The tempering temperature is chosen to give the best compromise between edge hardness and toughness.
Blades are final ground and sharpened before hand polishing. The blade is tested to see how well it will take an edge and cut. I cut rope and flex the edge across a brass rod to ensure the edge is hard enough to cut well yet tough enough not to chip out.
Satisfactory blades are then finished out with handles and guards.
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