Picture of Making a Stock Removal Chefs Knife

 First off the questions for The Make to Learn contest.

What did you make? I made a western or “French” style kitchen knife, It’s an all around design that does everything from chop veggies to slice beef (or in my house, venison). The blade is made of 52100 ball bearing steel, the handle Mexican Cocobolo, and the bolster are salvaged copper stock. To make it I use a homemade 2X72” grinder, a homemade propane forge, and a milling machine that my dad and I bought as scrap and rewired.


How did you make it? I did a speech on knife making in one of my classes, the teacher used to be a chef and after hearing the speech and seeing one of my past knives wanted to buy a chef knife. I’d learned to make knives through books (Murray Carter and Wayne Goddard have some great books out if your interested in getting into knife making), watching demos from Master Smiths like Ray Rybar and Jerry Fisk, and the school of hard knocks.


Where did you make it? I made this knife in my dad's shop. I’ve been making knives there since I was eleven. Knife making ties into my life fairly well because I use them so much, I love to hunt, fish, camp and cook, eat, etc. Where some people see a weapon, I just see a tool that’s necessary for daily life.


What did you learn? The knife turned out almost just as planned, despite the blade warping a bit during the heat treat. Next time I’m going to leave the edge thicker before the quench and that should solve the problem. Also I think if I dome the pins before putting the handle on, it might not chip around the pin holes. As far as what I’m the most proud of, I think the copper bolster with brass pins look awesome.


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Badger the Bladesmith (author) 1 year ago
Making knives is my number one hobbie for most of my time in high school. When my friends were sitting in front of a tv or others "experimented", i was out in my shop doing this. keeps me out of trouble and away from drugs.


oilitright7 months ago

I've been sharpening all manner of things with edges for a few years, everything from ice skates to straight razors to include big things and little things.

Have you had an opportunity to take a really close look (microscopic) at the edge after the final 600 grit sharpening? I'd love to see what it looks like.

jwl410851 year ago
Great knife great instructable!
scavanger1 year ago
That is a really nice looking knife!
Its pretty cool, but how does this relate to "the make to learn YOUTH" contest? I know my parents didn't let me mess around with chef's knive when I was younger.
Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Thanks for share.Looks awesome.I love knives.
Great job! I've done this process a few times but could never have made an instructable this clear and concise. Best of luck in the contest!
thanks a lot guys. yeah i really hope i win that contest the iPad would be great for taking notes this fall in college.
bruce50001 year ago
im a hobby knifemaker i use stock removal myself these is a good instructable you made a nice one
Mr. E Meat1 year ago
That's beautiful! A chef knife is next on my list to make. I've had the blank cut out for ages but haven't found the time to grind it yet... :-)
rjbatc2 years ago
That is a very beautiful knife. Very nice work.
hornbadoing2 years ago
Great Instructable! i read it the best i could but im a little loopy after surgery =P. Thanks again! One question... How do you stop the wood from being sanded faster then the brass pins?
Use a 36 grit belt for the rough grinding and it will eat the pins and wood at the same time, then switch over to 120 then 320.... What did they do surgery on? Most medication hardly affects me but when i had A.C.L. surgery they put me on valium and WOW!
could you include a picture of the forge?
really nice knife!
hornbadoing2 years ago
Could you make a youtube video on this whole thing? That would be amazing!
Badger the Bladesmith (author) 2 years ago
450 fahrenheit to temper, to harden it's about 1550 fahrenheit
rimar20002 years ago
Excellent work, useful info.

When you say "450 degrees", are they Fahrenheit or Celcius?
jarikcbol2 years ago