Idaho Knife Works
Spirit Lake, IdahoMike Mann an award winning custom knife maker offers man different styles and designs including reproduction knives, hunting and fishing knives, bowie knives, kitchen knives, and country crafts. Quality Custom Knives created by Padre & Coyote Woman at their remote log home in the mountains of North Idaho.
Archer, Florida, USAThe heart of a good knife is the heat-treatment and it starts with the forging process. To counteract the obvious deleterious effects of welding heat on grain structure, all billets and all knives are heat-cycled at least three times. The result is extremely fine grain, a necessity for a strong knife.
Austenization typically involves a lava-pot (high-temp salt bath at 1525 F) - which minimizes scaling and warpage - and a low-temp salt pot (˜475 F) to produce a banite crystalline structure. While use of salt pots imply digital pyrometers, dedicated gas forges, and a certain degree of anxiety, the result is well worth the effort.