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Grizzly Knife Belt Sander : 
When you're ready to move up to grinding your own blades from steel bar stock, the first tool you're going to want to consider is a good knife belt sander. Up until now, a huge barrier to beginners was the cost of a quality machine. If you've looked at some of the Knifemaker Suply catalogs, you've seen Bader, Wilton, KMG , Burr King and Pro Cut machines that cost $500 to $1800.00.  Some of the smaller ones in the $400 range had wimpy 1/2 horsepower motors , no ball bearings  and are built for a few months of light use. 

Grizzly Industrial has changed all that with a high quality, powerful and well made knife belt sander. This is the one I use in my shop and couldn't begin to recommend it highly enough. I love it. It features a 1 horsepower motor for years of hard use, a cast iron body and all ball bearing construction. It uses standard 2" x 72" belts and has a motor speed of 1725 RPM. This is a serious machine at an extremely affordable price. Compare for yourself and I think you'll be very impressed with the specs on this quality Knife Belt Sander. 

 As standard, it comes with a 4" contact wheel ( Shown). I would heartily recommend buying the optional 10" contact wheel for professional results. Why? Click HERE to a simple graphic explaining why. The buffer isn't included either but these are cheap and  readily available at any hardware store.

Grizzly Industrial is based in Bellingham, Washington and has almost a million square feet of production and warehousing from their three facilities in Bellingham, Springfield, Mo., and Muncy, Pa.  Grizzly does their own manufacturing in ISO9001 certified factories and has been selling direct to Fortune 500  and others companies since 1984.  Since Grizzly only sells direct, don't be misled just because you haven't seen them at Home Depot or Wal-Mart. Grizzly is a major manufacturer who is in the game to stay.

Grizzly offers a full, one year warranty on all of their machines and has three national service and repair centers to back it up. Grizzly is a quality company that I feel very comfortable standing behind. You won't be unhappy with a Grizzly

Note: In order to get the best price for my customers, I have set this up as a "Factory Direct" transaction. When you order, you will be ordering direct from Grizzly. Amazon.com ( you thought they only sold books?) provides all of the processing.  Note: this things ships with a weight of 110 pounds. $ 79.00 shipping charges will apply.
G1015  Grizzly Knife Belt Sander and Buffer  
Now includes free shipping!
729.38 Grizzly G1015 Knife Belt Sander 
G9242  10" Aluminum / Rubber Contact Wheel ( Compare at $100-$300 anywhere else ) Now includes free shipping!
Click HERE to see why a 10" Wheel is highly  recommended
93.67 Grizzly G9242 10" Aluminum /Rubber Wheel 
G4298   80 Grit Silicon Carbide 2" x 72" replacement  sanding belt ( pair) $  13.40  G4298 Silicon Carbide Belts  80 Grit  (2 pk)
G4299   120 Grit Silicon Carbide 2" x 72" replacement  sanding belt ( pair) $ 13.10  G4299 Silicon Carbide Belts  120 Grit  (2 pk)
G4300   180 Grit Silicon Carbide 2" x 72" replacement  sanding belt ( pair) $  13.10  G4300 Silicon Carbide Belts    180 Grit   (2 pk)
G2751   220 Grit Silicon Carbide 2" x 72" replacement  sanding belt ( pair) $  13.40  G2751 Silicon Carbide Belts 229 Grit (2 pk)
For a tutorial on the use of the Grizzly Knife Belt sander, Click HERE
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G0555  Ultimate 14" Bandsaw

This is the one I use in my shop. Constantly.  I love it. It's my baby and my favorite toy.  Shop around and compare features and price and I think you'll make the same decision I did.  Get a load of this: 1 HP motor, precision ground cast iron table, deluxe extruded aluminum fence and miter gauge, cast iron frame, 4 " dust port,  quick blade release system, fence scale with magnifier, AND upper and lower ball bearing blade guides ( almost every other bandsaw in this class uses static guide blocks. Ugh. Seriously, check it out. Makes a big difference) . Maximum 6" cutting height, 13 1/2" throat capacity.  Table tilts 45 degrees right, 10 degrees left, Stand is included.  It's not hard to figure out why the Grizzly G0555 is the best selling bandsaw in the country. Uses standard 93 1/2" blades

Note: This thing is heavy and is going to cost $75.00 for shipping costs. Make sure you have at least one friend on hand when it arrives to help you unload it. 
G0555 Grizzly Ultimate 14" Bandsaw   Now includes free shipping!

$ 841.32

Grizzly G0555  Ultimate 14" Bandsaw
The Grizzly Ultimate Bandsaw ships with a 3/8" blade, but you'll probably need to stock up on a few more. Grizzly makes a huge range of bandsaw blades, so I just picked out a few of the more common and useful ones
G5172   93 1/2" Bandsaw Blade, 3/4" wide, 6 hook teeth per inch $ 17.95 Grizzly G5172 93-1/2" x 3/4" x .025" x 6 TPI Hook Bandsaw Blade
G5167   93 1/2" Bandsaw Blade, 1/2" wide, 4 hook teeth per inch $ 15.95 Grizzly G5167 93-1/2" x 1/2" x .025" x 4 TPI Hook Bandsaw Blade
G5163   93 1/2" Bandsaw Blade, 3/8" wide, 6 hook teeth per inch $ 14.95 Grizzly G5163 93-1/2" x 3/8" x .025" x 6 TPI Hook Bandsaw Blade
G5159   93 1/2" Bandsaw Blade, 1/4" wide, 10 raker  teeth per inch   $  14.95 Grizzly G5159 93-1/2" x 1/4" x .025" x 10 TPI Raker Bandsaw Blade
G5153   93 1/2" Bandsaw Blade, 1/8" wide, 18 raker teeth per inch $ 17.95 Grizzly G5153 93-1/2" x 1/8" x .025" x 18 TPI Raker Bandsaw Blade
H3051    6" Extension Block Kits, increases capacity from 6" to 12"
Includes extender, blade guard and 105" x 3/8" x 6 tooth blade

$ 101.80

Grizzly H3051 6" Extension Block Kit

Combo Bench Sander 
For the cost of a good portable belt sander, you can own this quality combo bench sander. A 4" x 36" quick change belt  and a 6" disk will make this one of your most often used tools. 1/3 HP 110V motor, cast iron base, single knob tracking and a 2 1/2" dust port. Platen rotates 90 degrees for flexibility. Not a lightweight toy, this quality machine has a shipping weight of 38 pounds.
G0547 Combo Bench Sander 4" x 36" belt, 6" Disc  Now includes free shipping! $ 182.53 G0547 Combo Sander 4" X 36" Belt 6" Disc
  Bench Grinder

bench grinder for knifemankers

If you don't have one now, you're going to find that a good bench grinder is one indispensable tool. Since you're probably going to use it quite a bit and have it for a while, I suggest making sure you get a good one. 

Grizzly makes that quality affordable. These slim line grinders feature rocker type switches and extended wheel to motor clearance . Available in a 1/3 HP models with 6" wheels., The G9717  comes with one coarse and one medium grit aluminum oxide wheel and protective wheel flanges, while the G24463 comes with a coarse wheel, wire brush wheel and work light.   Both models are extremely well balanced, a strong consideration for a high speed tool like this.

G9717    1/3 HP 6" Bench Grinder with 1/2" Arbor   $ 29.95  G9717 6" Bench Grinder
G24463 1/3 HP 6" Bench Grinder with 1/2" arbor and light $ 69.95  G24463 8" Bench Grinder
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  16" Scroll Saw
A very handy tool to have in any shop. This great little scroll saw uses standard 5" pin blades. The G7949 has   a cutting width  of 15 7/8", a cutting height of 1 1/4"  and a precision ground cast iron table size of 14 3/8" x 7 7/8"

Compare featutes: this  powerful model has  a   1/5 HP motor, a 2 1/8" cutting height, and a variable speed of 540 to 1885 SFM.

Also features a 45 degree tilt table, built in dust blower and cast iron construction.  Good stuff! 

G7949 16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw $ 287.13  G0536 16" Variable Speed Scroll Saw
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Bench Top Drill Press
At some point, you're also going to need a good, solid, dependable drill press for many precision knife making operations.  This 5 speed, 1.3 HP includes a precision ground,  cast iron table and base that tilts 90 degrees left or right. 23 Inches high and weighs in at slightly over 40 pounds.  If you're looking for an affordable,  quality entry level drill press, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Here's an interesting statistic: Did you know that Grizzly probably sells more drill presses that any other manufacturer in the US? Or how about this:  In the 2001 Popular Woodworking Tool Buying Guide, Grizzly took every category from hobbyist to professional user!

And if you're going to do it right, consider getting one of the handy Quick Release Drill Press Clamps. 

G7942 5 Speed Bench Drill Press   $ 163.35  G7942   5    Speed  Drill Press
 
G8079  10" Quick Release Drill Press Clamp  (Picture, click HERE) $ 25.53  G8079  Drill Press Clamp - 10"  
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Mini Grinder Kit
If you want to know the truth, I still prefer my Dremel. But at half the price, this high quality, powerful  multi-purpose high  speed electric grinder shouldn't be overlooked. Uses standard 1/8" accessories. Also uses most Dremel accessories. Variable speed from 8000 to 30,000 RPM. 115 V. Comes in it's own plastic case with a nice assortment of the most common accessories to get you started.  This is a tool that is probably one that you reach for most often, so you want to make sure you want to buy a dependable one. Grizzly won't let you down.
H3117 Mini Grinder Kit  $ 38.41  H3117 Mini Grinder Kit
H3088 100 Pc Sanding,Grinding, Polishing and Buffing Kit. ( Click HERE for picture) . An Excellent and complete kit includes various burrs, grinding stones, wire brushes, cutting disks, sanding drums, and polishing buffs in attractive wooden case. Everything you need to start. $ 22.07  H3088  100-Pc. Accessory Kit
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1800 Watt Heat Gun
When you're working with a heat formable plastic sheet like Kydex, I found that a good heat gun in invaluable. Some people like to soften the Kydex in an oven, but I have often preferred the precise area control that a good heat gun can offer. Grizzly makes this 1800 watt industrial quality heat gun at a VERY affordable price, especially since they put it on sale for twenty bucks. Variable  temperature control from 120 to 590 degrees. 
H0801 Heat Gun, 1800 Watt  $ 32.95 H0801 Heat Gun - 1800 Watt

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Note: Although Grizzly's shipping rates are pretty reasonable, they are slightly different from mine. These are their rates:

Less than $ 24.99 $ 5.95
$ 25.00 to $ 49.99 $ 6.95
$ 50.00 to $ 74.99 $ 7.95
$ 75.00 to $ 99.99 $ 9.95
$100.00 or more $ 12.95

This is for items under 30 Pounds. Special shipping rates will apply for heavier items