2018 Customs and WIP stuff

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2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Tue Nov 28, 2017 11:26 am

2017 Finished out really well :) I have about a 4 month backlog to start 2018. I post most WIP stuff on my instagram @timostheos but I will post the better pictures here as well.

I still take a fair amount of re handle commissions. 120$ labor plus materials and shipping for western (150$ labor for wa). Did you know you can have a
western shape handle with a Wa type balance? https://i.imgur.com/1tD2bNQ.png

I am open to custom orders with about a 4-6 month wait. I will work with any steel but stocking the following: aebl, nitrov, W2, hitachi blue#2, 1095
General pricing information: http://timothyjohnsonknives.com/2016-custom-price-list/

I do have the following projects started but not claimed. These can be a had a bit sooner than the standard lead time. PM me if you have an interest.

Several out door knives in the following steels: 1084, 1095, cru forge v, nitro-v, and aebl (approx. 4" blade length)' https://i.imgur.com/kDEulrh.jpg?1 https://i.imgur.com/AAo1h52.jpg https://i.imgur.com/LHTEjsN.jpg
150mm camp/kitchen full tang knives in nitroV hardened to rc63-64 https://i.imgur.com/yj0Vf2Y.jpg?1
S35VN small filets

Kitchen knives -- stainless
165mm pettys in nitroV hardened to RC63-64 https://i.imgur.com/G71K5Gr.jpg?1
90mm and 80mm parers in S35VN hardened to RC 62 https://i.imgur.com/o2cTMlx.jpg
160mm petty in AEBL hardened to RC62 https://i.imgur.com/l0SvjXd.jpg

Mono-Steel High Carbon Knives
200mm K tip knives in 8670 steel https://i.imgur.com/VSvP7Tz.jpg
180mm petty in W2
250mm chefs in W2 (one is derived from sab, other is less pointy) https://i.imgur.com/FeseIcp.jpg?2
52100 nakiri
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Thezep » Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:33 pm

What do you think about 8670? I made a Gyuto with some and it seems to do well, it doesn't stay razor sharp super long but it will really take a rediculously keen edge with all that toughness. I'm a fan of the nickel carbon steels in general for that reason.

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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by mauichef » Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:40 pm

Thezep wrote:
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:33 pm
What do you think about 8670? I made a Gyuto with some and it seems to do well, it doesn't stay razor sharp super long but it will really take a rediculously keen edge with all that toughness. I'm a fan of the nickel carbon steels in general for that reason.
I really like it. I have one of Tim's K-Tips and it has the most amazing edge I've ever encountered. Yes needs to visit the stones more often..but it's so easy to get back.

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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:57 am

I like it, it is sturdy feeling, easy to maintain although needs maintenance more often. I chopped through a turkey neck in three different places with the 8670 pass around blade. Just very minor rolls and micro chip. took 10 minutes to sharpen out.

I have a big 255mm blade in 15n20 I am trying next.

Ray, I am really happy you are enjoying the blade!
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Robstreperous » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:16 am

There's something pretty special about Tim's blades. He takes meticulous care with his tips and they're nimble enough to write your name on a needle. His edges.... or maybe it's the grinds... all knives need to be sharpened eventually... his cut great even when they need that sharpening. There's some magic in there.

Heck. I've had one of his SV35n parers for about 9 months now. It gets used a couple of times a week. Sharpened once when I got it and that's all it's needed so far.

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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:49 am

Thank you Rob. I am still trying a lot of new things but definitely honing in on what I like best and what I think I do best. I am taking a break this month from knife work but its only been two weekends and I am already itching to get in the shop :)
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:52 am

ALRIGHT! That was a nice month of lazy weekends! Starting weekend of Jan 5th Ill be posting regular updates here. Just as an FYI I have the next batch of custom stainless blades to finish preparing for heat treat, then its a half dozen rehandles to finish by the end of the month, Once that happens I will be finishing custom orders one by one (about 1 knife a week).
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:15 am

I have a handful of fun and exciting profiles ready to head to Peters Heat Treat.
A couple 250mm gyutos, a couple different santokus, a 240mm suji, a v-toku II san mai "ghost cloud" petty and a wee little parer.
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I also just completed a CCK rehandle. Edit to add: putting a c-clamp to bare steel on a knife is not something I normally do. Usually a pc of leather in between, this blade was only clamped very lightly for the pic :)
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Bensbites » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:25 am

Very nice work

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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Jeff B » Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:11 am

You've really come into your own Tim. Just love your work!
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Naples09 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:07 pm

Great work

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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Feb 05, 2018 8:12 am

thanks guys...that last batch is on its way to peters heat treat so this weekend I had some time to tackle a couple more orders. Turning a well thought design into an actual knife shaped piece of steel is an exciting part of the craft. Here is a few pictures of how i get things done and some new customs (the devin thomas raindrop pattern bunka is not claimed)

(photo below) carefully splitting the steel to yield a 270mm k tip and a 300mm k tip. Both these blades are 52100 core stainless clad I will be applying my "ghost cloud" finish to.
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(photo below) Profiles are rough cut with a portaband.
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(photo below) Here we are after some shaping on the grinder. At this point I put the edge on a cutting board and kind of size it up, take some measurements, make sure its still according to plan, etc.
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(photo below) I went on a charter fishing trip last summer for striped bass, we got into them on the surface after a couple hours looking. There was 5 of us and we each kept one. All in the 35" to 45" range. The captain used two knives to clean them. A large filet knife and a real small one. This knife was sort of born from combining the tasks of those two knives in to one, along with some discussion with mauichef about proper debas. Here is prototype of "Captain's Boat Knife".Image
(photo below) both of these profiles in devin thomas raindrop 1095/nickel damascus.
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:15 pm

fitting up a dove-wa handle...kingwood frame/ blackwood scales and spacer
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:51 am

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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by Jeff B » Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:51 am

Damn dude! :shock: That is too sweet!
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:13 am

Thanks Jeff! That handle is mounted to a Doi. Ill try and get a Finished pic later before the sun sets.
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Thu Mar 01, 2018 6:30 am

Here is a 270mm k tip...i also have a 320mm of these :)
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by timos » Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:17 am

a 254mm by 54mm nitro v chef heat treated to rc63-64 by peters. This has a full distal taper of course.
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"ghost cloud" pattern in a v toku2 core s.s. clad petty. this one about 180mm.
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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by mauichef » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:04 pm

Damn Tim. That cloud is sweet!

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Re: 2018 Customs and WIP stuff

Post by J david » Mon Mar 19, 2018 1:06 pm

Yessir! I hope to see my custom on this page soon.

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