“Carbon” Series Knives and Razors
One of the things I discovered while making the 2H2H razors was, I really enjoy making simple, functional tools. I have spent most of my career producing “collector grade” knives. Although prompted entirely by a motorcycle accident, the 2H2H series was a return to my utilitarian roots.
These knives and razors will be designed as simple, no nonsense, tools. Although they will be made to very high quality standards, there won’t be anything just for show, or decoration.
While I made the 2H2H razors completely ”in house”, I found that it would be a lot more efficient if I got some help. For the Carbon Series, I will be employing some local friends for some of the “grunt” work. I will be doing all of the finish work. That will allow me to increase production, keep the quality very high, and the prices reasonable.
My plan is to make these in batches of 20- 50. I’m still working on the designs. The amount of variety in the designs will be determined by how much interest there is. I am always interested in customer ideas.
At the same time, I will continue to do all the work on my Damascus and Tamahagane pieces.
Update – 4/2012 – I am regularly making both knives and razors from this smelted steel I call Tamahagane.
Currently it is my favorite steel to work with.
November 2009 – We’ve finally figured out that the black sand at Lake Superior is good for smelting steel!
In November, I gave it a try. With the help of Kevin Cashen, I did my first smelt. Below are some photos to give you an idea of the process.
The sand, close up, and Kevin’s smelter.
I made a knife and razor from that first bloom. The story is featured in KNIVES 2012.
Here they are: