Our materials are: CPM3V, PD1, CD1, and SM100.
Yes, but not in the traditional sense. Traditional forging was founded thousands of years ago, and technology has since improved. The idea behind hand forged knives, such as those made by Japanese bladesmiths, is that by continually folding the steel you can decrease the amount of impurities while getting as even of a carbon distribution as possible. Instead of traditional forging, what we do is spray the steel through an atomization nozzle into droplets so small we can separate out the different elements, such as Vanadium or Molybdenum etc, etc. We then use what is exactly needed for each steel. CPM 3V, for instance, uses 7.5% Chromium, so we literally have a specific amount added just like baking a cake. Once we have all the components added, we spray the powder together and totally homogenize the carbon distribution. This can't be duplicated by folding. With perfect carbon distribution, the steel is then sintered in a HIP (Hot Isostatic Press). The HIP chamber uses extreme pressure to melt the steel while having a very tightly packed molecular structure. There is also no grain structure in the steel with this process. The benefits are many, including a lack of fracture lines without the grain structure, smaller and finer carbides do to the particularization process, a cleaner steel with the lack of impurities, and a more reliable heat treat given the specific nature of the ingredient process. None of these can be duplicated by hand forging pieces, which is why PM (Particle Metallurgy) steel is used so extensively in Aerospace and Rocketry and forging is not.
We use PM (Particle Metallurgy) grade steels. PM grade steels outclass traditional hand forged steels because there is a better distribution of the individual elements in the makeup of the material. When it comes to steel, you’re looking for HRC (hardness), toughness, and abrasion resistance. The hardness determines how sharp a material can get while the toughness affects how easily it will chip or snap on you. Abrasion resistance dictates how hard or easy the steel is to sharpen. With PM grade steels you have a product with a very clean uniform structure, and no fracture or green lines. PM grade steels allow you the possibility to heat treat consistently to the same standard to be very hard and very tough, have a very sharp edge that will maintain, and accrue an extreme resistance to chipping or breaking. There is currently no steel that outperforms the PM grade steels we have that is readily available.
The answer is: most likely. We ship to just about every country, BUT , look up your local knife laws.
The possibilities are endless so long as we feel the idea doesn't compromise the quality, potential, and integrity of the knife.
Very similar to carbon fiber, G10 is a high-pressure fiberglass laminate, that is created by stacking multiple layers of glass cloth, soaking in epoxy resin, and compressing the materials under heat until the epoxy cures. Don’t let the glass portion mislead you. This process results in an very strong material.
Burl or bur or burr is a tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner. It is commonly found in the form of a rounded outgrowth on a tree trunk or branch that is filled with small knots from dormant buds resulting in a beautiful display of natural swirls and contrasting colors in the wood. Burl on its own is very unstable and and has to be stabilized with resin in order to to be used for our knife handle (knife scales).