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Traditionally Made Knives, Blades and Tools

As a Sheffield based company supplying professionals, businesses and individuals with a range of knives and blades, Knife-Point are proud of our Sheffield roots. Sheffield has a long history of quality knife making behind it, and our business is a testament to the Steel City’s fantastic reputation in the field of knife and tool making. Our selection of hooked blades and concave blades are second to none, and we will go out of our way to find the perfect knife or blade for your project. Our team of staff are committed to keeping the tradition of Sheffield knife making alive and well, and our range of products reflects this commitment.

The knife and blade making process can be broken down into a number of steps. The initial shape of the blade can be produced using forging, by heating the blade to a very high temperature and shaping using traditional tools such as hammers and anvils. By using a range of modern and traditional techniques, Knife-Point is able to honour the traditional methods and harness the advantages of more modern techniques guaranteed to ensure quality and longevity of our Dolphin knife and Delphin knife range.

Blade blanks are often used in the Dolphin knife making and Delphin knife making process, depending on the thickness of the material and the alloy content of the steel. When manufacturing larger quantities of knives and blades, they can be made using water jet cutters, electron beam cutting, stamping sheet material or even lasers. Belt grinders, files or hacksaws can also be used to profile a blank in the knife and blade making process. Blade blanks can also be made using files, grinding wheels or small belt sanders, but more commonly, experienced knife makers use a large industrial belt grinder.

Heat treatment is commonly used on the knives and blades supplied at Knife-Point, including the Dolphin knives and Delphin knives that we manufacture. The process of quenching is an important step after heat treatment, but can be dependent on the type of metal used. This can be carried out using oil, animal tallow, water, air or brine.

There are a variety of blade finishes used in the production of Dolphin knives and Delphin knives. By buffing the blade with chrome oxide, or by hand rubbing the blade with fine wet-or-dry abrasive paper, a high shine can be created. Our range of knives, including Stanley knives, Dolphin knives and Delphin knives are of the highest quality and a true reflection of the rich knife making history of Sheffield.

Effective Storage of Your Stanley Knife Blades

As experts in the manufacture and supply of knives and blades, Knife-Point know how important it is to keep your Stanley knives and trimming knife blades in good condition to ensure that they last a long time and remain effective. Looking after your knives before and after use is the key to keeping them in good condition, and storing them properly can go a long way to keeping your knives and blades in top condition for years to come.

When storing your Stanley 1992, Stanley 5192 and Stanley 1996 knives, keeping them away from moisture, damp and water is an absolute must. It is best to keep them somewhere cool and dry, away from light and dust. Moisture can be damaging to knives and blades because it can lead to corrosion and rust on the blade. Wiping your Stanley knife blade down after use with a lint free cloth is also a good way of extending its life, as even the natural moisture and perspiration from your skin may cause damage to some blades.

By keeping your Stanley knives and trimming knife blades away from moisture and dust, you can significantly extend their lives and keep their performance.

Cleaning Stanley Knife Blades to Ensure Long Life

Cleaning your Stanley knife blades effectively is a must for keeping your knives and blades in top condition. After all, why invest money on a Stanley 1992, Stanley 5192 or Stanley 1996 knife if you’re not going to look after it properly? Water can be used to keep your Stanley knife clean, as long as you follow the instructions below.

You can use water and soap to clean your Stanley knife blade, as this will effectively remove any dirt or any build up of oils that may have collected on the blade. Water must be used carefully though, as it can cause corrosion if not dried off properly or left on too long. If you do have to use soap and water on your Stanley knife blade, you must take care that the blade is rinsed properly afterwards with hot water to make sure all remaining soap has been removed. It is also important to dry the knife thoroughly afterwards, preferably using a lint free cloth.

If you want to keep your Stanley knife blade in the best working order, following these tips for cleaning it will ensure that your blade will last you the longest amount of time.

Knives, blades and tools used in hobby craft, modelling and art

Knife-Point can provide quality tools for many industries, including trades, crafts, and DIY work. Hobby tools and knives are ideal for carving, precision cutting and craft projects. Our excellent range of trimming knife blades, safety knives, Swann Morton tools, Stanley knife blades, Olfa knives, and wood working tools is second to none and our extensive range of branded knives and blades such as  carpet fitting and floor laying tools, circular saw blades, pro Safety knives and spare blades is outstanding.

Here at Knife-Point, traditional suppliers of knives and blades based in Sheffield, we are certain that even if you cannot find exactly what you are looking for on our website, we will be able provide you with the knife or blade you need whether it be a delfin knife, dolphin knives, don carlos knives or a snap off blade. We specialise in knives and blades used in hobby craft, modelling and art and craft projects, and regularly supply businesses and individuals with craft knives, Stanley knives and wood working tools specifically for projects that require precision cutting and the highest levels of accuracy.

As specialist suppliers of knives and blades, Knife-Point as a company is exceptionally proud of its roots. Based in Sheffield, our large selection of snap off blades, hooked blades, concave blades, and safety knives have the advantage of Sheffield’s long history of quality. The knife making trade may have declined in other areas of the UK, but the staff at Knife-Point are proud to be keeping the Steel City’s tradition alive and well with a great selection of knives and blades, including dolphin knives, delphin knives, don carlos knives, 9mm snap off blade and Stanley knife blades.

We also offer discounts for bulk buying knives and blades, including our excellent range of hand tools, hand knives and safety knives which are perfect for hobbycaft, modelling, and art and craft. Our selection of Olfa safety knives, gr8 pro safety knives, Bosch planer blades and Stanley knives, including Stanley 1992, Stanley 5192 and Stanley 1996 are also available in wholesale job lots, perfect for saving money and buying large quantities of quality knives and blades at a very reasonable price. Our Olfa craft knives, trimming knife blades and scrapers, and woodworking tools are all perfect for hobby craft, modelling and art. We also offer a range of rotary cutters and spare blades, power tools and Swann Morton scalpel blades and Swann Morton scalpel handles.

The traditional knife and blade making process

The traditional knife and blade making process can be broken down into four main steps. The initial shaping of the knife is achieved through the process of forging or blanking. Forging occurs when the blade is exposed to and heated up to a very high temperature. It is then shaped using hammer and anvil to achieve a shape that is very close to the final desired dimensions. Our range of Olfa safety knives, gr8 pro safety knives, Bosch planer blades and Stanley knives, including Stanley 1992, Stanley 5192 and Stanley 1996 are made using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques, ensuring that your Stanley knife, safety knife or planer blade will be of the highest quality and workmanship.

Blade blanks are often made in the production of quality knives and blades including snap off blades, hooked blades, concave blades, and safety knives.  A variety of methods can be used to create these blade blanks, dependant on the material thickness and the alloy content of the steel. Sometimes blade blanks are stamped using sheet material, and sometimes water jet cutters, electron beam cutting or lasers are used. Custom knife makers on a smaller scale may cut their steel blade blanks using a metal cutting bandsaw. A variety of different methods can be used to profile a blank including using belt grinders, files or hacksaws.

If no power equipment is available, this process can be carried out with files, if the steel has not been hardened yet. Grinding wheels, or small belt sanders are used by beginners to make knives and blades. Well equipped and experienced knife and blade makers usually use a large industrial belt grinder, or a belt grinder made specifically for this purpose. Pre-polish grinding on a heat treated blade can be done if the blade is kept cool to keep the temperature of the metal at a consistent level.

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