This project came about when I tried to think of a good use for all the old carpenter’s saws that are gradually being eaten by time and rust in peoples sheds. It eventually occurred to me to use the steel to make knives. The high carbon spring steel used in these old saws takes an edge perfectly and is far superior to the steel used in modern disposable saws, mostly because far from being disposable, these saws were designed to be re-sharpened time and time again.
After trying various different designs and sizes I’ve settled on a selection of designs which work well with the thin steel of the saws:
210mm General use kitchen knife
170mm General use kitchen knife
300mm Bread knife
Mezzaluna (rocking herb knife)
In-keeping with the recycled nature of the blades, I usually make the handles out of reclaimed Canadian Maple flooring.