Forging the blade
Forging the blade
In the forge
In the forge
Rough forging complete
Rough forging complete
Grinding- Setting bevel
Grinding- Setting bevel

I use the 8" round wheel to true up the edge symmetry and remove as much of the steel as I can before going to the flat platen

Closeup of grinding
Closeup of grinding
Flat platen grinding
Flat platen grinding

After establishing the symmetry, I move to the flat platen and refine the geometry of the bevels and take the knife down close to final dimensions before heat treating

Grind is complete
Grind is complete

Now I am ready to heat treat.

Out of the quench
Out of the quench

Blade has just cooled out of the quench oil and still shows scale and colors from the quench

Hand polishing
Hand polishing

I took this one down to about 220 grit on the grinder after heat treat and then switched to hand polishing at 220,320 and 400 grit. I polished 2 directions at 400 grit and then pulled a clean satin finish down the blade. I went over it with 600 grit loaded with Schimichrome for the final finish

My Friend Gregg Martin's Wedding Cake Knife