Learning From The Master
Master Knifemaker Gil Hibben Presents
"Freehand Grinding: The Rough Grind"
The first in a series of video tapes that I am producing
for Gil that demonstrates his unique style of making knives. This 88-minute
professionally produced video covers the rough grind, the shaping and grinding
done before heat treating and finishing the knife.
Topics demonstrated include:
- Design and layout
- Surface grinding
- Edge marking and preparation
- Freehand Hollow Grinding on a belt grinder
This tape is a "must see" for aspiring knifemakers or
anyone who wants to see how Gil produces his magnificent handmade knives. The
video is packed with information and the process is shown in incredible detail
as Gil describes each step. You will see Gil's incredible craftsmanship,
developed over 49 years of making knives, as he takes raw steel and transforms
it into beautiful hand-ground collectors items.
The tape can be purchased at Gil's Web site
Below are some actual stills captured from the video. You
can see the fantastic detail! This is not some home video shot on uncle Fred's
camcorder. This is a professionally produced tape, shot with the latest 3-chip
digital video cameras. You see every step of the process, on different style
blades, from multiple angles, with close up detail, and all the while hearing
Gil himself describe what he doing and sharing his vast knowledge metals and
grinding techniques. Anyone who appreciates the skill and craftsmanship of
hand-ground knives should see this video!
(Click on the thumbnail images for a larger picture)