Until the webstore is operational, all orders are direct. Please email to check availability or text to arrange a phone conversation
Jared Corry: firstname.lastname@example.org 336-404-2756
Our primary goal is to offer quality products to discriminating customers at fair prices. For all of the edged tools we make in-house, an order starts with an email or phone call so the customer can express to the maker (Jared) just what tool is desired, and what options he/she would like. During this communication it will be decided whether the time frame to complete the order warrants that a deposit be put down, or if merely a verbal order can be added to the work schedule for the upcoming weeks, months, or sometimes longer. If the item is in stock, then arrangements are made for immediate payment and shipping. Holding other people’s money for more than 6 months is not an acceptable way for us to do business.
We accept personal checks, cash, and use Paypal for credit card orders at an additional cost of 3% of the total cost of items including shipping expenses.
If you would like to pay with a check, we will provide our mailing address via email or phone.
What is Bainite?
Bainite is a crystalline structure that can be formed in simple steels using a process called “austempering”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austempering.
The reason we use austempering instead of a differential hardening is because of improved performance, cost savings, and lack of distortion. Bainite is very tough; tomahawks, big knives and swords need to be a lot tougher than typical field knives in order to handle heavy chopping chores, and the extra impact force that goes along with the mechanical advantage of longer blades and handles.
How are blades “Corrosion Proofed” ?
Most of our blades are coated with Cerakote to provide a layer of corrosion protection and color. After Cerakote and final assembly, the edges are honed, which removes the Cerakote. The shiny edges are oiled when shipped to the customer and must be oiled to prevent corrosion after use. If the customer puts a tool away wet, then the result is their own fault. Any quality gun oil will suffice to protect sharpened edges from corrosion. Balistol is a non-toxic cleaner/lubricant/anti corrosion product we use on all of our blades. It smells sort of like pine sap. http://www.ballistol.com/
Another great anti corrosion product is WD-40 Specialist, and is what we’ve been using more recently https://www.wd40specialist.com/products/spray-gel
As we move forward and begin to consolidate the product line, and increase our production numbers, we’ll need to make some adjustments to our finishing procedures. Powdercoating is well known to be an even more durable coating than Cerakote, but it is thicker and is only good for pieces that don’t require precise fitment. It’s a lot easier to apply and the powder doesn’t go bad in storage.
Who makes your sheaths? Can you do custom sheath work?
Jared designs and makes the sheaths for all of the tomahawks and knives from Omnivore Blade-Works. He will do some custom kydex on occasion, but only if there is time to spare.
How should I sharpen my Omnivore Blade?
Edge geometry is a very important factor in cutting performance. Angles on Omnivore Blade-Works edges are set using an Edge Pro sharpening system and vary according to the blade style and purpose. For chopping knives, the angle is more obtuse, for small slicing blades, the angle is more acute. Unless you happen to be a professional sharpener, the best strategy for resharpening a blade is to try to match the original angles. If you’re just touching up the edge, a ceramic abrasive rod works great. If there are dings or chips to hone out, then a water stone is the best bet unless you have a variable speed belt grinder. If you really go crazy chopping rocks, or get in a sword fight, the best bet would be to send your blade back to Jared, so he can have a good chuckle at your expense, and then sharpen it right for free. Recommended sharpening systems include: Edge Pro (http://www.edgeproinc.com/) (DMT Triangle CDT-62) (Mac Knives Black Ceramic Rod SRB-104).
A variable speed 1×30 belt grinder with a little water drip to keep the belt cool is an excellent sharpening tool. All kinds of belts are available including leather strop belts. Unfortunately, there is no such grinder worth a darn in this world that I know of.
Does Omnivore Blade-Works do custom, one-of-a-kind designs?
Occasionally a blade enthusiast, soldier, or just an average Joe will contact us about doing a custom piece. While it’s not a huge amount of trouble to add embellishments or slightly modify one of our standard designs, a completely new “one-off” requires a lot of work. Also, because we hire out our heat treating, there’s a significant wait in between the time we start a new batch of blades until they are sent out for heat treating. With a semi production manufacturing system, we have limited capabilities, but we are happy to discuss a custom design and try our best to make it happen for a fair price.
What is Cerakote?
Cerakote is currently the hardest, toughest, corrosion-resistant gun coating on the market. It is used as an OEM finish by many premium firearms knife manufacturers. See http://www.cerakoteguncoatings.com/for details. We will publish a video wear test to compare performance between Cerakote and KG Gun Kote. So far, we haven’t been able to determine a clear winner, and since we still have an inventory of KG and NIC products, we can offer either finish.