Grinds and Steel Options

52100 High Carbon Steel- I no longer use this steel for custom orders.  More updates to follow on the News / Announcements Page.

 

O1 Tool Steel-  This is a very good all around work horse steel with good edge retention and toughness. It can be heat treated to a wide range of applications and is very easy to sharpen and maintain in the field making it a standard go to steel in the bushcraft world. My O1 knives are heat treated to a 59-60rc.  

 

 

Convex Grind-  The Convex Grind is a good all around grind that will perform a lot of tasks well and is easy to sharpen and maintain.  While not quite as good at slicing as a flat grind, it is tougher and works better for battening and wood carving. The Convex Grind is a better bushcraft grind than a flat grind, and is very easily to maintain your edge in the field.  In my opinion the Convex Grind is the best do it all grind for hunting, bushcraft and utility work.  I grind my convex grinds with a small secondary edge and a thin grind. What this means is that you can just sharpen it like a normal flat grind on a stone and a hard back strop. At the same time, the secondary edge is well blended into the bevel so if you prefer to sharpen on a mouse pad it will work very good as well.

 

 

 Flat Scandi Grind-  This grind is a pure wood carving grind.  While it's not as good of a slicer as other grinds, if your looking for a purebred wood carving knife, than the Flat Scandi is the way to go. This grind is a standard in the bushcraft world due to its fine sharp edge and easy sharpening. One way to improve it's slicing ability is to keep the stock thin. I think that 1/8" is the best balance between strength, carving and slicing. The scandi also has more strength for the thickness than other grinds because so little metal is ground off for the bevel.  If you balance the thickness right you end up with a knife that is good for just about anything and is sharp as a laser.  Another nice thing about the Flat Scandi grind is that due to the zero degree grind with no secondary bevel it basically has it's own angle guide for sharpening.  simply put the bevel flat on a stone and begin sharpening.  DO NOT PUT A SECONDARY BEVAL ON THIS GRIND!!!!!!!