Monday, July 9, 2012

Tip: Draw filing a knife blade.

This is a great technique for keeping the planes on knife blades flush, even and straight while filing. Instead of using a forward or diagonal motion, the file is held perpendicular to the blade “drawn” back and forth in a parallel fashion to the profile of the blade.

5 comments:

  1. Thats cool Tai,
    Does it have to be a certain type of file to do this?

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    1. It works with single cut or double cut files,… nothing special just ordinary files.

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  2. This is pretty much how I do all of my blades.
    Since I am making chef knives mostly, draw (or pull) filing, I have tons of control over the subtle geometric variances moving from the flats to the cutting edge that would be very difficult to achieve with a grinder.
    Files are accurate and when sharp, remove material very efficiently.

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  3. How much you charge to finish a few of my blades? Never been much for files mainly because of my hands and from being lazy. I've always admired your work with files.

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    1. Your finishes look great Ray, but if you and the old bod are just getting tired of it and all the hand rubbing, why not play around more with rougher finishes,… texture, patina, that kind of stuff.

      I like doing a variety of things. It helps minimize some the repetitive motions and everything that goes along with that. The sculptures and sheaths you’ve been doing seem like a good way to break things up a little.

      I think you are on the right track.
      (I know you aren't lazy.)

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