Since our Mime Team sucks at testing knives, and the jugglers have all been tasered by Sporkgirl into the drooling half-conscious wrecks left in our juggling room, we have to have someone else test our sharp things.
We don't ask detailed questions, because in his mind, it either works or it doesn't. If it doesn't, we go back to the knife development staff and show them a group of photos depicting what remains of the jugglers.
The knife development staff then fix the problem. Usually.
Every now and then, however, Sporkgirl has to drag one of the jugglers out and demonstrate her persuasive skills. Car batteries work like tasers with the right imagination and a spare juggler.
Anyway, all the abuse endured by the sad jugglers and cringing knife development team, is generally due to the comments received from "The Tester."
The "Tester" generally says insightful things like, "NO THAT SUCKS. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT? LOOK AT THIS - THIS NEEDS TO BE BETTER."
For those interested, our knives feature a zero-grind style at between 7.5 and 11 degrees. We do each of these completely by-hand and by-eyeball. There are no jigs at work here. Our grinder
features a ten-inch wheel with a variable speed controller - and we run it at high pressures with a 70 duro contact wheel and 2 inch x 72-inch blaze ceramic belts.
We do not, however, weigh our knives. If you are worried about how much they weigh, you must be preparing to take them into space. Hope you have a good trip.
Our steels have been LaTrobe Dura Tech 20CV, ELMAX, M390, CTS-204P, Z-FINIT Nitrogen Steel, CPM-20CV and a couple in N690 and Cowry X. We are always experimenting - and always looking for new materials and treatments.
Our coatings are also specialized stuff: We use Black-T and Black Diamond DLC. Our blades are sent out to those two companies to accomplish that work, depending on the requirements of the project.
We do all our own firing and cryo work. Everything by-hand and by-heart.
FOR KNIFE BUILDS...
(yep. We are that busy)
Troops come first.