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How to Sharpen a Knife (and not screw it up)

How to Sharpen a Knife (and not screw it up) Blog PictureDespite the level of quality of a good custom knife, any time a knife gets used it inevitably begins to get a bit duller and lose its edge.  Thus knowing how to properly sharpen a knife becomes an important skill for any knife owner.  Here are a f...


The JustCustomKnives.com Community

The JustCustomKnives.com Community Blog PictureThe JustCustomKnives.com website is expanding in features and users.  Some of the new features include a new forum area that allows you to discuss custom knives, and ask the knife makers questi...


Chefs Knife Primer

Chefs Knife Primer Blog PictureThe Chefs knife has become the go to general purpose knife in many western kitchens and restaurants.  The design has become synonymous with what many westerners think of as a general kitchen knife. The blade of the knife is typically made ...


Knife Lingo - Parts of a knife

Knife Lingo - Parts of a knife Blog PictureWhen shopping for custom knives, it is important to understand some of the lingo that knife makers tend to use.  This will help understand the detail of any knife you are looking at, and help understadn the care that went into making it. A...


Why Heat Treat a Blade?

Why Heat Treat a Blade? Blog PictureHeat-Treating a custom knife blade is a process to harden a blade by super heating the steel to change the molecular makeup of the metal.  In technical terms the typical molecular alignment of knife blade steel is a crystal structure consi...


Knife Sharpening Tools

Knife Sharpening Tools Blog PictureThere are many knife sharpening tools on the market because it is only a matter of time before the knife you are using becomes dull and will need to be sharpened. Basically to sharpen a knife you have to grind away tiny pieces of the blade. Althou...


Damascus Steel Introduction

Damascus Steel Introduction Blog PictureLaminated-welded steel had its genesis sometime in the beginnings of the iron age. The early smiths of this time period learned that by folding and welding iron in a carbon bearing charcoal fire, that they could produce a new form of iron, since c...


First Step in Buying a Custom Knife

First Step in Buying a Custom Knife Blog PictureAs you begin the process of buying a custom knife, the first thing to consider is what your specific needs are for a knife. For kitchen knives,  you may already own a block of production knives, there are probably a couple of knives you use all th...


The Bowie Knife: Americas knife?

The Bowie Knife: Americas knife? Blog PicturePopularized by Jim Bowie in the early 1800s, the Bowie knife has stayed popular over the last century.  Jim Bowie became known for his ability to fight with knives after the "Sandbar Duel" in Mississippi in 1827. Originally designed to fil...


Lightest Custom Knife Handle Material

Lightest Custom Knife Handle Material Blog PictureOf the various types of handles you will find on a custom knife, the lightest weight handles are going to be in the hardwood category. Since softwoods are not typically known as good knife handle material, you can expect your knife handles to be m...




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