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My latest batch of cutlery knives took a great deal of aggressive forging because they are so finely tapered (entailing a lot of high stress "packing" at quite low forging temps). All seemed to be going well until I cleaned up the surfaces with wire brushing - and found they all had cracks along the entire lengths of the blades! Wondering whether these were actual structural failures or just surface cracks, I cut a 1/4" slice off the ends and tested by holding one end in a vice and cold hammering over the rest, to see where they would fail. None of them broke after being bent 90 degrees. So they were surface cracks that would certainly not fail with any use as cutlery. But I don't feel OK about selling these blades with such clear blemishes at full price, thus the reduction in price of about 20%. I fully guarantee these against breakage. Furthermore, because these were forged with my usual aggressive methods of forging through very low forging temperatures to pack the grains - these blades are tougher and harder than the ones I am selling at full price.
After discussing the problem with a metallurgist, it seemed the problem was that I was forging too aggressively and at too low temperature. With those changes, I no longer had any surface cracks. Those knives are "firsts" and are available on my main Cutlery page.
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Fine Chef's Knives

hand forged Cutlery knife, SK-1           SK-1     $ 290     Sold
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 9.0" long, 2.1" wide
Handle is Walnut, very small size with .95" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SK-2           SK-2     $ 290     Sold
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 8.8" long, 2.1" wide
Handle is Walnut, very small size with .85" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SK-3           SK-3     $ 275
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 7.0" long, 2.0" wide
Handle is Walnut, small size with 1.0" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SK-4           SK-4     $ 265
Gun blued blade is .08" thick spine, 7.2" long, 1.8" wide
Handle is Walnut, small size with 1.0" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SK-5           SK-5     $ 265     Sold
Buffed blade is .10" thick spine, 7.0" long, 2.2" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SK-6           SK-6     $ 250
Buffed blade is .10" thick spine, 7.0" long, 1.8" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.0" max. width, 4.5" long


Fine Cleavers

hand forged Cutlery knife, SF-1           SF-1     $ 315
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 7.7" long, 3.1" wide
Handle is Walnut, small size with 1.0" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SF-2           SF-2     $ 315
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 7.3" long, 3.1" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SF-3           SF-3     $ 315
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 7.6" long, 3.0" wide
Handle is Walnut, small size with 1.0" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SF-4           SF-4     $ 315
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 7.4" long, 2.9" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SF-5           SF-5     $ 315     Sold
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 7.7" long, 3.1" wide
Handle is Walnut, small size with 1.0" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SF-6           SF-6     $ 295
Gun blued blade is .10" thick spine, 7.2" long, 2.4" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.15" max. width, 4.5" long


Heavy Cleavers

hand forged Cutlery knife, SH-1           SH-1     $ 255
Gun blued blade is .20" thick spine, 6.5" long, 3.0" wide
Handle is Jatoba, large size with 1.2" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SH-2           SH-1     $ 255
Gun blued blade is .20" thick spine, 6.5" long, 3.0" wide
Handle is Jatoba, large size with 1.2" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SH-3           SH-3     $ 225
A fairly light cleaver
Gun blued blade is .13" thick spine, 6.2" long, 2.8" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SH-4           SH-4     $ 225
A fairly light cleaver
Gun blued blade is .13" thick spine, 6.3" long, 2.7" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SH-5           SH-5     $ 240
A fairly light cleaver
Gun blued blade is .14" thick spine, 6.1" long, 3.1" wide
Handle is Walnut, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SH-6           SH-6     $ 240
A fairly light cleaver
Gun blued blade is .14" thick spine, 6.1" long, 3.2" wide
Handle is Jatoba, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long

hand forged Cutlery knife, SH-7           SH-7     $ 225
A fairly light cleaver
Gun blued blade is .15" thick spine, 6.1" long, 2.6" wide
Handle is Jatoba, medium size with 1.1" max. width, 4.5" long



My carving knives are intended for serious wood carvers. They are razor sharp and can be very dangerous if used improperly. Please be careful and don't allow young people to use them unsupervised.

Your satisfaction is fully guaranteed. If you have a problem of any kind with one of my knives, please let me know. I will make it right with you.

 
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