So I have reestablished myself in Oregon. My New Shop is on SE 8th Ave and Main St. I work in what was the snacks shop of the gas station but because the station is now run through a business club there are no attendants. I get asked gas questions quite a bit. I was finally able to make my first batch of knives for those that are interested. My aim is to have about three knives completed each week from now on. The knives that are currently available are a Sigal Classic Chefs knife, a Byron, a David, and a new style of knife that is shorter to help bartenders with limited space and visibility behind the bar. I am loving portland and whoever would like a tour please just let me know.
So I am moving to portland to start my own shop and to kick this business in gear. I now have some very sexy business cards, a business plan and some funding. My next step is finding a good location and to start buying awesome tools.
A quick recap on what I have been doing:
I went to SF and sold 10 of my knives. 4 of my knives went to The Town Cutler, a shop in San Francisco. If you like high end knives this is the place. One of my knives has sold their but a couple more are still looking for homes. Still Galen, the owner, is a cool guy and its an interesting shop to visit.
I have started making two new types of knives. I have redesigned the bartending knife to make it a bit smaller and simpler allowing for bartenders to work in darker places. I have also started making a 8.5inch chefs knife. Its very difficult to make but everyone that owns one loves it, so it is worth it.
I hope to be in full gear by mid august or early september but it could even be earlier if I am lucky.
Thank you for reading!
Who has two sore thumbs and finished grinding and handsanding all ten knives for San Francisco?
Also I got a bunch of new sanding belts so my work will start to be at a more reasonable speed. not more 5 hour grinding sessions on a single chefs knife. 2.5 hours here I come!
I have ground five and a half knives this week and it has been a short week. A couple of 14 hour days but not enough days in total. I finished grinding a knife that is code named “Mother’s Little Helper” because my mom wanted one named after her. Not that she really cooks, but meh why not. I have some new pictures up on the construction site if you are interested in the photo step by step. It is pretty hard to take photos while working though. Happy Spring Everyone!
The knives are back from heat treating and I have been busy for the last 6 and a half hours grinding 3 of the ten knives and getting them ready for handles. I need to bust out ten knives by April 9th so wish me luck.
So I have been waiting for almost a week for my knives to come back from heat treat. I miss them. Also now posted on the site are the prices for each type of knife next to the image on the Types Page.
There have been some updates to the construction page. Eventually the goal is to have a shot by shot guide to how I make my knives so people can understand what I do. In the meantime I ordered a bunch of knife making books and will try to work on getting a schedule up to let people know what my availability for knives are.
Just to let everyone know, now begins the waiting while peters heat treating cooks my knives. could be 2 weeks before I get them back and can actually start making finished knives. I miss them already.
I went to a knife show yesterday to pick up some awesome new knife handle materials. Jeff Goffo, I picked up some bone for your knives as well as some super thin G10 to make yellow lines in the handles for racing stripes. Just for fun.
New metal called CPM S30V Here is a link to the Wiki
Here is a quote about it from said wiki:
Buck Knives calls it “the absolute best blade steel available”. Joe Talmadge claims it might be the ultimate high-end all-around stainless steel, due to high performance coupled with easier machinability and sharpenability than the other steels in this class.
I have already profiled 5 knives out of it for upcoming orders. There will be:
1 Saloon Special
1 project x (still doesnt have a name but its my 8.5inch chefs knife)
I am supper excited. The metal profiles like a dream I hope the knives are as amazing.
The new site is almost done, and by almost done I mean just started, but that seems to be the way of things with websites. I hope you all like what you see and please shoot me an email if you want to talk shop.