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Question about water vs oil with hamon lines

We recently had a customer ask us about water vs oil in hamon lines.  I thought I would post my response here for anyone else interested.   Water vs oil quench question, and the basics of knife heat treatment.(This is not a “how-to”, its simply an explanation of why I do things a certain way. If you're a budding knifemaker that made it to this page I highly suggest you join the knife forums for how-tos. Also if you are serious about the subject I suggest taking college metallurgy classes and reading metallurgy books.  I took metallurgy and industrial materials...

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Examples of the new logo

Due to an old US law all knives entering the US must be marked with the country of origin unless you can get a ruling from US Customs allowing you to be excepted from this rule. This process can take a few months and you need to apply for an exception with each product you offer...and since many of our pieces are unique this posses a problem.  So we are now marking our logo and "Philippines" on the blades. Below are some examples of the new logo.  

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The US Customs/shipping ordeal is finally over!

We have finally gotten things straightened out and are back to shipping items to the US!  All previous orders have already shipped to the US along with some new products. We hope to ship another batch within the next 2 weeks. After these initial batches things will slow down. Due to this shipping situation I almost had to move back to the US so I had shut down the shop, laid off our apprentice, and ran low on supplies. It will take awhile to get back to normal and things will start off slow since I am still training the...

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Shipping/Import delay update

We have been in communication with a shipping company called TNT that seems very open to the idea of shipping our knives. I'm feeling pretty optimistic about this place so hopefully we can ship soon. They have never had anyone try to ship knives from here and since most people here think of knives as bloody thirsty killing instruments they are being careful about getting all the permissions they need for shipping.  We got approval from their hq in Manila, the local supervisor in Cebu is fine with shipping them as long as he gets the permissions he needs.  He...

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Logo experiments, Shipping update

As you may know from our last post we are having problems with importing knives to the US. When you say "knives" over here most people hear "bloodthirsty killing weapon" and flat out refuse to ship...even if their companys rule book says its fine(and US law even says edged weapons are fine to import...). So we have been working our way through all the local shipping services trying to find one that is sane. We still have a few we are in correspondence with that we hope will let us ship. If that doesn't work out I will be buying...

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