FINDING MATERIALS AND USING REPURPOSING STEELS
WHY RECLAIM MATERIALS WHEN THERE ARE PERFECTLY GOOD NEW ONES?
Our core philosophy is in recycling and repurposing materials. Instead of investing time and money in the known shop materials, we invest our knowledge and time into researching how we can repurpose materials ensuring a better result in our knives.
At time this is challenging when our demand and turnover is high and our material inventory is low, as sourcing, testing and making all takes time to ensure we deliver the highest quality knives.
There is a perception that using recycled steel is cheaper than buying new steel, this is not the case in most instances. The right recycled steel is hard to find which makes it expensive and increases the rarity of each piece which intern forces us to be creative and flexible with our limited supply of each material. No two knives are identical, even if they’re made from the same source, this makes us different.
STEELS THAT ARE KNOWN OR THE UNKNOWN
Before a Bladesmith starts making a knife, they’ll always consider what steel is to be used and what’s the end purpose of the knife. Along with this consideration comes, cost, knowledge and experience.
Many Bladesmiths’ staring out use the same variety of steels, from the same manufactures, know the exact tolerances and recipes to a predicable outcome. Allowing these Bladesmiths to hone in on a single dimensional skill set.
As these skills evolve, so should the risk and knowledge, now we enter the UNKNOWN!!!
With the unknown steel comes an increase of services and knowledge. Metallurgical lab technicians, Rockwell Hardness Testing machines, heat treating tests and a range of other crazy unidentified problems before a knife is even thought of being made.
As difficult as this all sounds, the process is what drives us to making something incredibly unique for our customers.
With this education process for every piece of steel that we find and repurpose, we identify the exact chemical makeup through our partners at the Metallurgical lab. Each knife will come with a copy of this certificate along with the history of where the original steel came from and what use it had.
From this in-depth testing, we can drill down on one of the most important part of knife making, the heat-treating formula. Every batch of steel will go through a very intensive heat treating process and will be Rockwell Tested to get the desired results.
On occasions where we have a specific order and we haven’t been able to source the correct steels for the right knife or end purpose, we will reach out to our broader community to source the correct steel so we can deliver the highest quality of knife. If this means purchasing new steel then we will inform the customer and work with them for their desired needs.
As we love what we do and we are passionate about repurposing and using recycled steels, we must remain commercially viable. We acknowledge that sometimes the availability of steels is just not right for the timings.