The Artisanal Journey: Crafting a Carbon Steel Knife from Start to Finish

The Artisanal Journey: Crafting a Carbon Steel Knife from Start to Finish

When you hold a Provenance Made knife in your hand, you're holding a tool that has gone through a meticulous and well-thought-out process, from material selection to the final touches. In this blog, we'll delve into the creation process, giving you an inside look into the craftsmanship and care that goes into every knife.

  1. Material Selection- The journey of crafting a Provenance Made knife begins with material selection. For the blade, we use high-quality carbon steel, known for its excellent edge retention and ease of sharpening. For the handle, we choose reclaimed wood, ensuring a unique story and character in every piece.

  2. Shaping the Blade- Once the materials are selected, the process of shaping the blade begins. The carbon steel is roughed into shape and then further refined in the grinding process. Grinding defines the bevel and final shape of the blade. 

  3. Heat Treatment- To bring out the steels performance and durability, it undergoes a heat treatment process. This involves normalizing and heating the blade to a specific critical temperature, followed by controlled cooling. This process rearranges the molecular structure and hardens the steel.  At this point, the steel is exceptionally hard, but also brittle. The blade is then tempered to create a blade that is both sharp and durable.

  4. Preparing the Handle- While the blade is being heat-treated, the reclaimed wood for the handle is carefully prepared. The wood is cut, shaped to create a comfortable and ergonomic grip. 

  5. Assembling the Knife- With the blade and handle prepared, it's time to assemble the knife. The blade is carefully attached to the handle using pins or rivets for a mechanical connection. This ensures a secure connection between the blade and handle, allowing for safe and efficient use. The handle is then further refined and shaped to fit the users hand.

  6. Finishing Touches The final step in crafting a Provenance Made knife is applying the finishing touches. The handle is sealed to protect the wood and bring out its natural beauty. 

Each Provenance Made carbon steel knife is a testament to our dedication to artisanal craftsmanship. By understanding the process behind creating these knives, you can appreciate the artistry and love that goes into every piece, forging a deeper connection with your tool and its unique story.

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