Detailed description about construction ~ carbon steel kitchen knives for Wildfire Cutlery

Description of my Work

Below, this is a basic slide show.
See description of the set on my home page⇐ , top three photos.

All my work is made in my shop, out of high carbon steel, in the USA, full time since 1980. These hand made high carbon tool steel kitchen knives are crafted and heat treated one knife at a time, by Michael Moses Lishinsky, and have been since 1980. Just like in the old days, I use 1084 high carbon tool steel, which offers a knife that is well balanced in that it holds a wicked edge, but is also responsive to being brightened quickly when honed. My knives are in kitchens all around the world.
I ship to all English speaking countries (along with France,Sweden & Norway). I work for individuals and some major corporations, creating unique one of a kind gifts. Besides custom work, I make a line of Western style kitchen knives and a line of Asian inspired kitchen knives. I also do commission work consisting of the restoration of old knives and armaments. My designs are all time honored, affordable, guaranteed, original, lightweight and unique. Each kitchen knife has perfect balance, and is constructed with a full tang on the handle (a wood & steel sandwich).

Each finished knife blade and wood handle is stress tested throughout the sanding/sharpening process.
This means that after the first step of sanding a wood handle, the wood is dipped in water to ‘raise the grain’ while it dries. Then that grain during the next sanding step is sanded off clean.
The edge through each step of sharpening is used like a chisel to carve end hardwood with a rubber mallet. The knife blade is struck from the back all along the edge, to try and crush any weak spots in the newly tempered edge. This process stops after a stress test where there is no crushing/warping of the edge and it comes out clean with no nicks.

My approach is to offer a basic kitchen knife with wooden handle and brass bolsters as listed in my price list, and from there offer various custom add-on options for steel thickness, handle styles, local handle woods & choices for all types of ornamentation on your handle. Each extra or add-on costs a bit more, but adds to the uniqueness and value of the finished product.

Details of Construction

The standard steel that I use is .062 thick 1084 cold rolled high carbon tool steel, which is heat treated one knife at a time, by me in my shop. Properly heat treated carbon steel allows for a knife that will keep a keen edge, yet is noticeably easy to re-hone for a new keen edge. All the sweeps of the edges of my knives have the classic French curve, for that nice rocking motion and for ease of use and re-sharpening.  The brass bolster is riveted and glued onto the full tang, and is in between the handle and the blade. It serves to protect the end grain of the handle wood and adds the perfect weight to the handle. Handles generally measure out to about 5 ¼ inches – ¼” leeway from the back of the blade to the bolster, 3/4″ of brass and then 4 1/4″ of wood. All blade lengths are close but not exact. The handle is secured with 4 rivets, which are glued and pressed into place. There are three 1/8” brass pins, and a company chop in the handle ‘butt’. The chop goes through the handle and is functional. It is made in 12” lengths and is comprised of 4 – 1/16 ” brass rods, with a steel ‘lions hair’ center, inside a 5/32nd square brass tube, which is inside a round aluminum tube. Red dyed epoxy is injected into the 12” tube, to hold all a-tanto. I then cut them down to about an inch and glue/install.

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