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Ruben Calo Wakizashi
New Old School Slipjoint
Pig Sticker - Wild Hog Hunters Model
Simple BBQ Knife
Bowie Knife
Gentleman Linerlock Folder
Fred Perrin Inspired Hawksbill
Upscale Criollo Knife
 Titanium Linerlock
Balisong #5
Armadillo Shell and Mokume Slipjoint
Balisong #4
Damascus Drop Point
Rustic Combat Folder
Upscale Criollo Knife
Semi Skinner
Balisong #2
Percheron Folder #2
Semi Skinner Slipjoint
Engraved Clip Point
Devil Clip Point
 
About Me
Ruben Calo Knifemaker   My name is Ruben Calo, and I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina with my wife Aurora.

I started making knives in 1989 when I was living on a small apartment and my biggest tool was a hand drill.

I consider myself a self-taught person, as I learned this profession by watching another artisans' work and trying to picture how knives were made.

When in 1993 I had the chance to move to an old house with a big patio and a free first floor to build up a workshop there, I've decided that I've had enough with office work, and I've become a full time knifemaker, at the age of 36 years old.

Even though I've read a lot of foreign specialized magazines, and listened to people with more knowledge than myself, as with most things in life, I really improved my knifemaking skills by trying things over and over on my workshop.
My Knives
All my knives are completely hand made. Please take a look at the Tutorials to understand my work.

I make my own designs and I don't use templates to make them or blueprints to replicate them, making each one of my knives a unique and exclusive one.

I don't share the opinion that knives are supposed to be designed with lots of uses in mind. I firmly believe that each knife should be designed to perform a specific task. When you design a blade for more than one effective use, you start making compromises and the final knife ends lacking performance on each intended job.

I make my blades using the stock removal method and sometimes I forge the edges of the knives to make a very ductile blade.

I heat treat my blades on my workshop on an electric oven, taking the precautions to make it right for each piece, as the best designed knife would be ruined if this process isn't done properly.
Titanium Jewelry and EDC Items
Check out the section of Jewelry and EDC Items in Textured and Colored Titanium.
Textured and Colored Titanium Rings   Titanium Tools and Zipper Pulls   Titanium Tools and Zipper Pulls   Titanium Tools and Zipper Pulls   Textured and Colored Titanium Heart Pendants   Textured and Colored Titanium Skull   Textured and Colored Titanium Crosses
My Smoking Pipes
You can check out my Smoking Pipes section too.
Hand Made Briar Smoking Pipe   Hand Made Briar Smoking Pipe   Hand Made Briar Smoking Pipe   Hand Made Olive Wood Smoking Pipe   Hand Made Briar, Ivory and Sterling Silver Smoking Pipe   Hand Made Briar and Sterling Silver Smoking Pipe   Handmade Olive Wood Pipe
The Art of Modern Custom Knifemaking
In Blade Show 2006, David Darom presented his 3rd book, "Art of Modern Custom Knifemaking: 100 Custom Knife Related Projects in the Making" where I have a two pages tutorial on building a Persian Kard.

I'd like to thank David for his interest in my work and my knives.
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Steels I Use
I prefer carbon steels as they're easy to sharpen, they have an excellent tenacity and a very good edge retention, but I also use the stainless steels to allow the owner to forget about taking care of the knife in order to prevent rust.

The three main steels I use for my knives are SAE 5160, K110 (D2) and N678. Sometimes I also use damascus steels.

I also prefer not to harden the edge in excess, as a blade with 60 or more on the Rockwell scale will have very good edge retention but it also will be very hard to sharpen. Based on my own experience I prefer a 57/58 Rc blade so I can easily sharpen it on the field with a regular stone.
Handle Materials
I use a variety of synthetic and natural materials.

I have carbon fiber, micarta, G-10, several local woods (lapacho, maclura, algarrobo, anchico, niandubay, palosanto, guayacan, quebracho, garabato, ayelen, radal, guayubira, quina, alecrin, tarara, jacaranda, tala and acacia among others) and horns from deer, antelope, buffalo and sheep.

I've also use armadillo shell, sperm whale ivory, cow bones and mother of pearl.

For bolsters and fittings, I use titanium, stainless steel, mokume, nickel silver, brass, copper, sterling silver and gold. I've also use precious and semi precious stones on occasions.

These are some of the raw handle materials I have available:
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My Workshop
These are some pictures of my work place, located on the first floor of my home. Here I have plenty of natural light and fresh air to work properly.
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