How Do We Do That? Reverse Engineering Explained

How Do We Do That? Reverse Engineering Explained

Have a knife, but not sure of the specifications? Think your knife is a challenge to duplicate? Not a problem!  Whatever your application, machine, or material York Saw and Knife is able to work with you to reverse engineer a solution for you.  We can design and produce a knife for you with the ultimate cutting edge.


After receiving a sample of the knife from you, we will perform a series of tests on it to begin the engineering process.   First, an optical comparator is used to confirm certain specifications, for example, angles for serrated edge knives.

Optical Comparameter
Optical Comparator


Next, we use Rockwell testing machines to identify the hardness of your blade for exact duplication of R/C.  We can also offer certified metallurgical analysis when the material is unknown.


Finally, micrometers and other precision measuring instruments are used to obtain all the critical dimensions, such as thickness of the blade and pinhole sizes. Below are two videos of this process.


To finalize the process, a compilation of these dimensions and steel attributes are submitted to Engineering/Estimating to prepare a detailed quotation.


Please contact us today and send us your samples for reverse engineering evaluation, and our recommendations for your cutting applications!


Over the next few months, we will highlight pieces of our manufacturing process.  If there are any pieces of the production process you would like us to discuss, please leave us a comment below!