By Joe Kertzman
Author R.J. Martin, whose knives are probably the most well known and sought-after within the undefined, instructs on flat- and double-hollow-grinding knife blades. Martin been featured in BLADE® journal with expanding frequency, and here is your probability to benefit his equipment for blade grinding. you will not be disillusioned.
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TAPERING THE BLADE TANG With the regrinding complete, it’s time to taper the tang of the blade. Normally, the Manta Ray does not get a tapered tang, but I want to show you how it’s done. Tang tapering is a straightforward process. I scribe two reference lines on the tang, just like I did for the main bevels. I add a scribe line across the blade that defines the start of the tapered tang. I will remove most of the metal using the 10-inch contact wheel because it is faster and easier than doing it on the flat platen.
Grinding this side is easier for me because my right hand is “smarter” than my left. It’s easier for me to establish a nice grind line on this side, and by the time I’m ready to switch over and grind the right-hand bevel, I’m into the swing of the grind and things tend to go smoothly. I hollow grind with a work rest, although I almost never use the work rest to support the spine of the blade. In the case of the Manta Ray, the small protrusion on top of the handle would cause problems if it contacted the work rest.
Are prescription safety glasses of the best quality available. I have an industrial dust collection system in my shop, so I can grind without a respirator, but without such a system, a good respirator should be worn. If not a full face respirator, a good welding fume respirator that covers the nose and mouth is advised. You’ll also want a fire extinguisher close at hand. Grinding produces a considerable amount of small, hot chips. A bucket of clean water for dipping your work into is also essential.