Carving knife, chisel set for woodblock/woodcut printing, mokuhanga, eraser stamp, seal engraving, noh-mask and buddha sculpture

Carving knife, chisel set for woodblock/woodcut printing, mokuhanga, eraser stamp, seal engraving, noh-mask and buddha sculpture

The knife-making process

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The knife-making process

How blades for high-speed steel carving knives are made

How blades for high-speed steel carving knives are made

1:Procured material (high-speed steel, cold rolled finishing material)

The thickness is made uniform using cold rolled steel.

2:Pressing out the external shape

The material is cut to each size.

3:Press bending

The material is pressed to add the curve.

4:Inner grinding

The inner edge is given a rough grind.

5:Rough exterior grinding 1

Both outer edges are given a rough surface grind.

6:Rough exterior grinding 2

The outside is ground to give it a smooth curve.

7:Heat treatment

Heat treatment is applied.

8:Inner polish

The inner edge is given a finishing polish.

9:Outer polish and rough sharpening

The blade is given a rough sharpening and the outer edge is given a finishing polish.

10:Finishing blade sharpening

The blade is given the finishing sharpening.

11:Finishing buff and application of rust-proof varnish

Rust-proof varnish is applied after the finishing buff of the blade to complete the work.

How cherry wood handles for high-speed steel carving knives are made

How cherry wood handles for high-speed steel carving knives are made

1:Raw woodblock

2:Cutting

An appropriately-sized piece is cut from the wood.

3:Splitting

The piece is split in two for sandwiching the blade. Each piece is numbered the same for identification.

4:Boring

A hole is drilled for sandwiching the blade.

5:Gluing

The two pieces with the same number from step 3 are fixed together and the wood grains are painstakingly aligned.

6:External oblong shaving

The exterior is shaved down to an oblong profile to prevent rolling when laid down.

7:Detailed carving of the blade fitting

The blade fitting part of the handle (that holds the actual knife in place) is carved in detail.

8:Buffing

The exterior of the handle is buffed.

9:End work

The end of the handle is worked.

10:Waxing

Wax is applied and polished to give the handle shine.

11:Attachment

The blade is attached to complete the work.