There is a romance to making knives from old files as there is a romance to making knives by hand.
You are a professional and by your own admission, you produce hundreds of knives a day in your shop. As a professional knife producer, I believe that you need to have the security of a known steel to make that consistently, duplicatable knife.
As for the rest of us, we's small time producers and sometimes we want to experiment with a file (a good quality file, mind you…). And contrary to popular opinion, I can't make enough file knives for all the civil war, revolutionary war, and mountain man re-enactors in my neck of the country.
They want an honest to goodness "old looking and authentic looking" knife, especially "Green River Trade Knives…"
| For a knife to be truly “handmade," the knife must be held to the tool or the tool must be held to the knife during its making… if it’s a “hands-off" operation, it ain’t handmade… |