I don’t like power tools. I understand their use, but I still don’t like them. I prefer the sound of a hand-saw and rasp. It’s also more convenient to use non-powered tools.
It takes a lot more time and skill. But the results speak for themselves.
I don’t use grinders or sanding machines when I make knives. I cut with a hot chisel and make holes with a punch. The forge marks come from a hand-held hammer. The only time I’ll plug something into an outlet is to cut sections of metal with a bandsaw, or when drilling holes in leather or tomahawk handles. I do this because it saves a little time and doesn’t take away from the art form.
The main tools I use in the shop include: fire, hammers, chisels, punches, files, post vice, anvil. I use sulfur, mustard, vinegar, and salt to patina copper and brass. All artwork is hand-drawn by my daughter, Jessy. Then transferred to the piece for etching, tooling or carving. We never use a computer for design work.