Making a pocket knife
|The blades and springs are first cut out of sheet steel, using blanking tools and a 50 ton press.|
These are then marked, drilled, nail nicked and straightened before hardening and tempering.
|Blade blanking tool - these come in all shapes and sizes, according to each pattern.|
There can be as many as 5 or 6 such tools per single bladed pocket knife.
|Blanking out the linings ready to have the holes pierced in them.|
|The assembled parts are then prepared on the bench prior to assembly.|
|After the blades have been hardened and tempered they are ground to an edge then cleaned up ready for assembly.|
|The cleaned parts are ready for assembly, they are the blade, spring, 2 linings, and 2 bolsters which have already been soldered on the linings, 2 rose wood scales and the wire used to rivet the knife together.|
|The assembled knife with wire sticking out both sides ready to be cropped off and "knocked up".|
|The assembled knife is then "knocked up" at the bench using a hammer and an anvil called a "stidy". All this is done by hand with the upmost skill so that the knife still "walks and talks", the term used to describe the opening and closing.|
|The assembled knives in a tray ready to be ground glazed and finished.|
|Using a Linisher with different grade emery belts, the cutler then grinds and shapes the knives to the required finish.|
|After a fiinal polish and sharpening the blade on a whet stone this is the finished pocket knife.|