Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Gone done it...ordered a heattreat oven...

For a long time I have ben wanting to change how things work around my shop. Usually I make large batches of 75-100 blades at a time to justify the high price I pay as startup fee for commercially heattreat. This is not a very good way for me to work for a couple of reasons. Mainly I dislike it because it usually takes at least 2 weeks of constant grinding to get there and it stops the cashflow=not good. It also keeps a lid on my creativity since the turnaround time from idea to finished product easily can be several months. So when my regular heattreater recently raised their prices by 500% from one day to another and since the only other heattreat company here in Denmark warped about half of the testshipment I sent to them just before Blade I started looking for other ways. Inspired by a post made by Excitable Boy aka J. MacDonald I looked into Paragon ovens. After talking with him and a few other makers especially my buddy RJ. Martin I went ahead today and ordered the HT14D paragon oven. This is abit larger than the popular KM14D so I can still fit several blades in there....it will allow me to control every process of building my knives IN my shop and it will allow me to create new exciting knifedesigns and test them right away. If all goes as planned I will be recieving this in a month or so and start working on my ht skills.

this is a picture taken from the Paragon site...only difference to mine will be I decided for a side opening door just like J. Macdonald.....

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