At a Glance
- Double-edged blade with curved tip. Perfect for deep, hollow areas
- Razor sharp, mirror polished edges
- Blade is crafted through a unique hand-forging process, resulting in an optimal carving knife honed to perfection
- Extra-hard blade has amazing ability to hold edges
- Care and handling instructions included
- Hand-forged on Waldron Island, Washington
Hand-forged with the highest quality of workmanship, the Mini Tip Bent Knife is a double-edged, razor-sharp knife with a curved tip. Originally developed by traditional Northwest Native Americans, this knife is able to cut on both the push and pull stroke without requiring changes in position. The authentic design of this tool has proved over time to be extremely useful and versatile. Desended from the Tip Bent Knife, this smaller version is perfect for deep, hollow areas and is useful for detailed projects in furniture making, boat building and art.
From the Manufacturer:
We started with a round bar of the best quality high carbon steel available. The blade was shaped by heating in a forge to glowing red and hammering to rough shape. The repeated blows of hand forging refine the grain structure of the steel, having a significant effect on the tool's edge holding and durability. Throughout the grinding steps, very careful attention was given to maintaining the optimal profile and bevel angle.
After forging and grinding, the blade went through a process we developed a few years ago, quite by accident. By cold hammering the blade with hundreds of tiny hammer hits per square inch, it is cold work hardened. Although it entails an extra few steps, this peining results in a surprising amount of toughness to the finished blade, increasing both edge holding and durability to a degree we did not think possible.
The blade was then heat treated (two very critical steps). First, it was heated to full martensite hardness by heating it to just the right temperature (but no further!) and quickly quenching it in oil. The temper was then gradually drawn (and held for several hours) to give the blade the optimal combination of edge holding and toughness.
Finally, the area near the cutting edge was honed to razor sharpness, thus removing the peining marks there.