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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk about 'hand made'
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:34 am 
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Brainless wrote:So i assume the richmond knifes are also handmade according to a 'layout' that you, mark, developed?

I'm doing a bunch of different knives under my name for various reasons using small blacksmiths, large factories etc. I make all the decisions on size, shape, steel, hardness, handle etc but I don't hand make any of them. So for instance, the Richmond Damascus and ZDP189 knives are made by two very small blacksmith shops in Japan that I would consider hand made (just not by my hands) while my Artifex line is made by a pretty descent sized factory called Lamson and Goodnow.

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 Post subject: Re: Let's talk about 'hand made'
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2013 9:45 am 

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The Richmond line is a good example of a brand that has different lines, some handmade and some not. Nothing wrong with either, but I totally understand the desire to own a handmade knife. That was my primary criteria when I bought my first Japanese knives. :)

My only issue is when a factory produced knife costs as much or more than a hand made knife... that's when I start to have problems with factory made. lol I also don't count brands like Yamashin against that... those are ridiculously priced for handmade white #1 knives!

 Post subject: Re: Let's talk about 'hand made'
PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:56 am 
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Just my two cents. I know quite a few makers and most consider it a hand made knife if a human hand directed or guided the machine. If it is cut out by a laser or water jet than it's a semi production, as opposed to a 4.5" angle grinder with a metal cut wheel. I also think that a hand made knife should be freehand ground. Using a guide on the bevel is just dragging the blade across the belt. Machines are going to be used but if every aspect is being controlled by the maker I think it's hand made. Machines make awesome knives and the semi production are even better but they are not done by a single artisan and lack the energy and feel!

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