Another Hot summer
We are working in spite of the heat and humidity to finish sheaths and grips on old work, and begin metalwork on some new blades. A batch of heat treated 1/8″ AEBL blanks are is ready for final grinding and sheath work. A smallish batch of CPM3V blades is nearly ready for heat treatment, and a big batch of 3/16″ thick 1095 blades will be coming in from our waterjet service very soon. We hope to get this website and our production methods ready for web commerce so that finished items can be sold right here with a “click to buy” button, but we are still a ways off of that goal because of lack of manpower. Please see our “ready for sale” page to see what we have available now.
Email or call Jared Corry: firstname.lastname@example.org 336-404-2756
Unlike regular online retailers, we are a very small operation with only two people operating the entire shop. 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/
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).
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.