Last week I wrote about What a Good Heat Treatment Can and Cannot Do, and as part of that topic I wrote about how some knifemakers have a legendary or even mythical reputation for their heat treatments. In that article I argued that the big differences are between “bad” and “good” heat treatments, and that the differences between various good heat treatments are much smaller. And that edge geometry and knife design are more important to knife performance than the differences that are possible between different “good” heat treatments. So I think it makes sense to discuss a particular case of a knifemaker known for legendary, unmatched heat treatments, which brings me to…
Frank R. Richtig: Knifemaker, Showman
Frank J. Richtig became famous for using his knives to chop through pieces of steel – bolts, axles, etc. and then slicing paper with the edge immediately after. It is said that the reason his knives were capable of such feats was his secret heat treatment developed in the 1920’s and early 1930’s . He gained further notoriety when he was featured in Ripley’s Believe it or Not in 1936.
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