Tom Krein, Knifemaker

How To Grind a Knife Blade Part I, The Courtyard

8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m: Proper tools and safety gear/tips.

How To Grind a Knife Blade Part II, The Courtyard

9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m: How to prepare the blade for grinding, how to begin the grind and more.

How To Grind a Knife Blade Part III, The Courtyard

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m: How to do the scandi, flat, hollow and compound grinds, grinder ergonomics and more.

About Tom
I have been fascinated with knives for as long as I can remember.  I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have a knife…  Growing up I usually had a slip joint of some kind in my pocket.  As I got older I realized how useful a good knife was while playing in the woods, or fishing on the creek.

After seeing a copy of Blade magazine my sophomore year in high school I decided that I wanted to be a custom knifemaker.  After reading everything I could find on the subject I started making some fixed blades around 1993.  A little later I got a chance to work for knife making legends Bob Dozier, and A.G. Russell.  I currently work for myself and my three boys help in the shop.

Knives are some of man’s oldest tools.  I feel the beauty of a knife is that it can be tool and weapon in one package.  In my knives I feel that form should follow function.  This doesn’t mean that a knife can’t be beautiful, just that its functionality shouldn’t be affected by aesthetics.

I continually strive to improve my knives and the methods I use to build them.



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