Going into a build, the first thing the custom bladesmith does is create a design. Sometimes it is pre-determined, sometimes you just want to find out where the hammer takes you. Either way, every single custom knife has a purpose. The smith finds the purpose for that blade and sketches/hammers that into a design. This completes the design, so next comes the rough profile.
There are two methods of creating the custom knife profile:
Stock removal – This is where the design of the blade is either sketched/ and printed out to dimensions and glued/traced onto a bar of desired steel. The design is then cut out using a variety of tools which creates the rough custom knife profile in a matter of minutes.
Forging – This is the incredible craft of taking a hammer and beating the hot, hot steel into shape! If you watch Forged in Fire, it is basically the exciting part of the show, except our custom knife makers take their time. So, this requires taking the steel, placing it in the forge, letting it get up to forging temperature, and then hammering it into the profile of your desire!