One of the great things about Cape Cod is the natural beauty. We love to go down to our local beach and fish or watch the waves and look at all the fascinating creatures that wash up on shore. We took the knives we finished up for this weekends Brewster in Bloom Festival and did a little photo shoot. Hope you enjoy the natural beauty as much as we did.
We are making a bunch of Japanese style chef knives for next weekends Brewster in Bloom Festival. What do we mean by Japanese Style. Well they will generally be shaped like Japanese knives. They will be chisel ground with large bevel on one side and a micro bevel on the other side. This will make them very sharp. They will be deferentially quenched. This will mean that the edge remains really hard but the spine is soft preventing the knife from breaking. It will also add to the edge holding ability and sharpness but will make the edge prone to chip more so care must be used to use a good cutting surface and use good knife care practices. They will probably not have hidden tangs which reduces weight in Japanese knives because we like the strength of a full tang and we dislike making hidden handles. These are the first two we finished today. They are made of 1095 high carbon steel with handles made of ebony malachite and stabilized, spalted, oak burl.
Ebony and Malachite handle 10 inch chef.
Been working on our mini cleavers and Pistol Grip Skinner this week and even managed to get an oyster knife in the mix. Just need to sharpen and tag these bad boys and they are ready to roll. The knives handles from top to bottom are G10, G10, Ebony and Stabilized Cherry Burl. Can not wait for this weekend and the Knife Extravaganza show in Mystic!!!
Next weekend we are going to the Northeast Cutlery Collectors Knife Extravaganza in Mystic Ct. It is the first knife show we have gone to where we will be selling. It is a new experience to us and if you can come and show your support that would be awesome. We will be featuring our Mini EDC knives and our Pistol Grip Skinners which will hopefully become instant classics in the eyes of the collectors that come from all around the country to attend. We have no idea what it will be like so fingers crossed.
Our plans fell through for this weekend so we will be at Cape Cod Beer indoor Winter Market this Saturday from 11-4. Hope to see you there.
We were inspired by other knife makers we have seen out there with real sleek and hip professional videos full of all kinds of slick cut scenes, great camera angles and moody fire lit gourmet meals shared with good looking friends with bottles of wine and the family dog. We really liked the idea but realized that is not quite who we are. So like everything we do, we did it ourselves with no budget and a cell phone. I think it has all the rustic work-a-day feel that Cape Cod Cutlery and the people that live here year round exhibit. A few guys in a garage. Nuthin’ fancy.
Yesterday about two miles from our shop a brave officer was shot and killed. We listened on our scanner as the following drama unfolded resulting in the live capture of the monster who did it. We applaud the true professionalism and restraint of the officers of Cape Cod. We offer our condolences to the friends and family and the police force. His K9 partner was also shot and is in bad shape. We have been supporters of the vest a dog campaign and encourage others to look into it as well. They do us a great service.
Our friend Pat from Florida sent us some awesome old postal bins. The long term plan is to cut up all the wood we have into knife scales and put them in the bins so that when we make a knife we just walk over and say “I think I will use…” and there it is. However, the hard part is we have a 55 gal drum to get through before we tackle the pile. It is going to be a very costly project in band saw blades. Summer is almost here so it might be able to happen!! Wish we had a friend with a saw mill! (Wood in pile consists of ebony, teak, cherry , cherry burl, osage orange, cedar, honey locust, spalted maple, birch, holly, oak, maple and walnut. All locally sourced from nature or as scrap wood from local wood workers. )
I have just updated the schedule for 2018 through December. We have not yet registered for all these events or heard back from all of them but this is what we are expecting to do. If any of them do not materialize they will be removed well ahead of time. We are hoping for a big season of getting out and meeting the public. We have added a fourth weekly farmers market!! This year is going to be off the hook!! We can not wait.
Back into full kitchen knife production mode. The summer is coming and the foodies will be out and about all over the Cape. We will be as well!!!