vendredi 1 février 2013

A Guest and Some Quenching

Vinh had a visitor come by the workshop and watch for a while.  Then he had some questions, of course all asked in French so Im not to sure exactly what all they were talking about, but Im pretty sure it all had to do with knives and blacksmithing.  The guy was real nice and Vinh showed him a few things on the anvil.  He also brought us some homemade grape juice and he brought Vinh some wood for making handels.

Here Vinh shows him how to use the straight side of the hammer to move the metal out.  I think the English term is called "drawing"

He shows him hows it done on the other half of the 20mm, 2.3kg soon to be meat cleaver.

Then they both go at it...


Then we work on quenching the edge.  This is a process that is very sensitive and if it isn't done correctly, it can damage the knife and it will have to be redone.  You do it by heating the blade and then dipping just the edge in a misture of wax and oil; in some cases you can use water.  This one takes practice.  Its all a combination of temperature and time.

...and there you have it.

4 commentaires:

  1. Wonderful. Only missing the smelling and the noise of this job! I'm sure it must be very interesting ;)
    Give me the name of your blog if you have one Jonathan :-P
    ++ Frank

  2. hey Frank,

    yes, the smell and the noise. Two very strong things involved in all of this.

    I have a tumblr blog but its not updated too often. Maybe once a week, or once every two weeks. Do check it out though. At the end of my time here Ill be doing a big post about it all.

  3. sorry. You'll have to copy and paste that URL. I don't know how to make it a link

    1. Thanks !! The photographies are wonderful !
      I'll will check that next Week end ...
      Good luck for next job with Vinh ;)


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