After breaking a couple of expensive carbide drill bits I had enough of drilling hardened steel and decided to head down to my friends waterjet shop. My buddies over at Rustworks were able to help me out and make short work of skeletonizing the tang on a couple knives for a customer. If you are ever in need of a waterjet or metal fabrication service and live anywhere from Carmel to Napa (Central CA) don’t hesitate to contact Jeremy or Jesse over at Rustworks. They do some absolutely amazing work with all types of materials and are 2 of the nicest guys I know. With a client list that includes Apple, NASA, Cisco, Google and Tesla you can be assured that they know what they are doing.
A water jet is an impressive machine that is hard to believe until you see it. Witnessing a stream of water and grit cut steel and rock is amazing. Operating at 60,000 psi it can cut up to 4″ of steel and 6″ of stone. I took a video and some pictures to show you the process.