Handcrafted Knives by Sid Jones

Questions


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sgian dubh sock knife with scabbard




hunter in sheath




folder




utility knife



Terminology : What is ... ?


Bolster

An insert between the blade and the handle.

Bolster

Boot knife

A knife which typically has two symmetrical cutting edges and a scabbard. Historically carried concealed in a boot or sock.

Sgian dubh sock knife with scabbard

Dagger

A knife with a symmetrical double edged blade.

Athame dagger

Damascus steel

Two or more different steel alloys layered and welded together by repeated folding and hot forging, revealing intricate patterns when etched. Sometimes non-ferrous metals such as nickel are included as fine layers in the mix.

Damascus by Kevin Harvey

Differential heat treatment

A heat-treatment process which gives the blade a harder edge and softer spine. The hamon line is a visible indication of the transition zone between harder and softer regions.

hamon is a visible indication of a differentially heat-treated blade - See more at: http://www.blademag.com/knifemaking/the-hamon-what-where-why-and-how#sthash.ax8KII4G.dpuf

Bowie showing hamon line

Folder

A knife with one or more blades that fold away.

Folder

Forge

To shape metal by hammering, usually performed on hot metal. Hence the saying "strike while the iron is hot".

Forging a blade at Heavin Forge

Guard

An insert between the blade and the handle, with a protrusion to protect the hand from slipping onto the sharp cutting edge during use.

Guard

Hamon line

A visible indication of the transition zone between the harder edge and softer spine of a blade which has been differentially heat-treated.

Bowie showing hamon line

Hunter

A knife which typically has one cutting edge and a sheath.

Hunter in sheath

Liner

A thin layer between two components of a knife, such as the decorative spacer between the tang and the scales of the handle.

Tang, liner, scale

Nickel silver

A copper alloy; usually about 60% copper, 20% nickel, 20% zinc. It is so named because of its silvery appearance, but it contains no silver. Also called German silver.

Nickel silver guard, engraving by Kevin Harvey

Pommel

Ornamental ball on the end of a handle. Usually used to secure the handle to the tang.

Pommel on dagger

Scale

Pieces attached to each side of the tang of a knife, forming the handle.

Tang, liner, scale

Scabbard

Close-fitting cover to hold and protect a sword or dagger; usually made of a rigid material such as wood. The distinction between a scabbard and a sheath is vague; the terms are used somewhat interchangeably.

Ballock dagger with scabbard

Sheath

Close-fitting cover to hold and protect a knife; usually made of a flexible material such as leather. The distinction between a scabbard and a sheath is vague; the terms are used somewhat interchangeably.

Sheath & bowie

Stock removal

The technique used to shape a blade by grinding the metal away, as opposed to shaping it by forging.

Grind ing a blade

Tang

An extension of the blade, forming the core of the handle.

Tang, liner, scale

FAQ : What if ... ?


  • How do I buy a knife from you?

Contact me directly, so that we can both be sure that the knife you want is still available. Full payment is required before delivery.

  • Do you take orders?

No. Handcrafted knives are a form of art, and I make purely as a hobbyist, as time allows and as inspiration leads. I do however consider requests for something particular, and will let you know if I make a knife that I think you would like.

  • How do I get my knife?

We will discuss a suitable method of delivery.

  • Does the price of the knife include delivery costs?

No. The listed price does not include the cost of packaging, delivery or insurance.

  • What if my knife gets lost during delivery?

We all sincerely hope that this will never happen! But, after the knife has left my hands, the responsibility is yours.

  • What if a wooden handle develops cracks, or a blade rusts?

While every effort is made by me to ensure that all wood, leather, etc are properly treated and stable, natural materials can move. It is important to ensure that knives are well cared for and kept in a suitable environment, to prevent cracking, drying out, rusting of a carbon-steel blade, etc.

  • What if I'm dissatisfied?

In the unlikely case of legitimate dissatisfaction, a full refund (less delivery costs) will be made; any irreconcilable issues will be arbitrated by a suitably qualified third party.