Removing the blade and end cap was tricky. The blade had been glued in as had the silver cap on the end. We were not sure how things worked so we chiseled off the end cap to find that it had been brazed to a rod and glued in one end of the knife. The blade came out with a little twist and the round short tang offered little resistance. We tried to make a blade out of the steel. Here it is hammered flat on the right. We ground it into a long and elegant filet knife but after 3 efforts at hardening the back half of the blade would not take a temper. So we switched to Plan B. We had a file from Johnson Brothers File Co. circa 1860-1914. We turned it into a multipurpose outdoor knife with a much beefier tang. So in the end the wedding knife from the 1800’s met a file from the 1800’s and lived happily ever after.
Here at Cape Cod Cutlery we get some interesting requests from time to time We have re-handled an old K-Bar re-profiled and reshaped broken tips on knives, converted one type of knife into another. This most recent project is by far the coolest to date. A lady who I would guess to be in her late 70’s early 80’s came into the soap company today and said she had a question for me. She had seen us in Edible Cape Cod Magazine. She pulled out a knife steel and carving knife. She told me there used to be a fork as well. It belonged to her grandmother, you can do the math. The knife was rusted so bad that it looked like it had come out of a viking dig. The antler handle had a couple of big cracks running through it. It was clearly hand forged I would guess by the barely legible stamped makers info in the early to mid 180o’s in possibly Germany. She said her grandson is and outdoors man and she wanted me to make a knife he might use out of one of the handles of her grandmothers carving set. I told her I would try with the knife steel because the antler was in far better shape. My first thought was to remove the handle and put a brand new blade into it. The next thought was forge the blade out of the original steel. That is the current plan. We can always use the other plan as a fall back if the forging does not turn out satisfactory. My thought is a small filet knife or bird and trout knife. Stay tuned for the process.
Here are our second generation chef knives, they are waiting for some blade polishing and logos. After that they will be going out to our test chefs at Spoon and Seed, The Naked Oyster, The Portside Tavern, Bleu and the Cape Sea Grille. Also present an oyster knife a paring knife and a friction folder. They are on top of our new price tags created by our shop apprentice Marwin who has been helping us with out new logo and branding.
We decided to streamline our logo. We picked these two colors and a carbon color so gray it looks black to be our company’s official colors. The official company font is called Damascus. Which is pretty awesome because of Damascus steel which we will be getting more involved with in the future. We are looking into Tee shirts and stickers and various marketing items to get the image out there and recognizable this summer.