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Are your knifemaking furnaces built differently than competitive furnaces, and if so, how?

The firing chamber is hand-fitted by skilled craftsmen. 45% of our factory work force has been here over 10 years; 20% have worked here over 20 years. All Paragon furnaces are made in America. We are proud to support the American worker.

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Are your knifemaking furnaces handier than competitive furnaces? If so, how?

A chain holds the Paragon KM-24D drop door in the open position and out of the way for ease of operation. The counter-weight handle keeps the door securely closed.

We feel that the Orton temperature controller is more intuitive than competit ... [More]

Are your knifemaking furnaces ideal for certain knife or blade styles and not so much for others?

The KM-24D maximum temperature is 2000 degrees F. We can customize the furnace for higher temperatures, however.

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How popular is your KM-24D knifemaking furnace?

We introduced the KM-24D about 20 years ago. It was an immediate hit, because the 24" length can heat treat the largest bowie knives. It began outselling our original KM-14D furnace (which we still make).

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What is different about your knifemaking furnaces from other brands of furnaces?

Dropped, recessed brick grooves protect the heating elements. We avoid spacing the grooves too close together, which weakens the insulating firebricks.

The thermocouple is sheathed for long life. The thermocouple wire is kept inside the swit ... [More]

What is the blade length limit of the KM-24D?

The 24" interior length is limited to blades of about 22".

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When did you produce your first knifemaking furnaces?

Paragon was founded in 1948. We entered the knifemaking business in 1986. Our plant manager made knives to test our new KM-14D furnace and enjoyed it so much that he became an avid knifemaker himself.

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Why is a knifemaking furnace ideal for bladesmiths?

A furnace allows the bladesmith to experiment with heat treating. Once you learn how to heat treat and test your knives, you can experiment with special quenching techniques, change the blade hardness, or even try differential hardening. You will als ... [More]

Without having to go into detail, how does a furnace work? Does the bladesmith start it and put the blade in for a certain amount of time?

The blades are wrapped in high-temperature foil to prevent oxidizing and then loaded onto blade holders in the furnace. The blades are then heated to a hardening temperature, removed from the furnace, and quenched. At this point they are brittle and ... [More]

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