Knife Heat Treating

Heat treating is the combination of several processes including annealing, normalizing, hardening and tempering. Heating the steel and then cooling it makes it harder, so as to maintain an edge, but at the expense of making it more brittle. Different steels are treated to varying hardness' depending on the metals in the alloy and the application of the tool.

Challenges

The challenges faced during the heat treating process vary. Improper treatment can make a blade brittle, impossible to sharpen or too soft to hold an edge. Alloys are designed to resist corrosion but at the expense of making them harder to work with. The ideal treatment is different for different alloys.

Market

The market for handmade utilitarian tools has made a resurgence over the last decade. Though we offer larger kilns that can be used in production for heat treating, the majority of the products we sell for knife-making are to fine craft artists.

Kilns

Because of the size of the work, most blade makers prefer smaller front loading kilns with accurate temperature controls.

Recommended Kilns

The perfect hobby kiln with a 12 foot long 30 amp cord for plugging into a dryer outlet. One-Touch Simple Control. Cone 10.
A Special Design Just for Crystalline Glaze. Cone 12. Multi-Zone COntrol. Type S Thermocouples. K25 firebrick. Quad elements.
Small Kiln for Hobby Use and Glaze Testing. One-Touch or DynaTrol program controls. Various voltages and amp ratings.
Large Heavy-Duty Front-Loading Kilns. Includes 4-1/2" K25 arched roof, door elements, and 5" of multi-layered insulation. Multi-Zone DynaTrol. Cone 10.
Customizable Automatic Zoned Top-Loading Kilns - up to 45" tall. Multi-Zone control. Sectional with plug in control panel. Easy maintenance. Sizes from 2.6 to 17 cubic feet. Most models and voltages are Cone 10.
Jupiter Kilns that pull apart for easy loading of sculpture
Custom Configured and Designed for Industrial Applications