Leftovers to make a sweet grill.
Last Summer, I hosted a wedding rehearsal dinner for my longtime friend, Jessica, and her fiancee' Gant. Jessica and I worked as whitewater raft guides together in our early twenties and shared a near drowning experience in a rafting accident. Over the years Jessica has moonlighted at the knifeworks doing shipping and customer service and even a short stint way back in the day making knives when we were working out of the garage. Today she owns an interior design firm and does super cool work. She designed the retail space in our current store and is helping with our new space that opens in May on the Jackson Hole Town Square.
For the party, I made a mixed grill of local lamb and chicken and some delicious handmade sausages that Joel at the Aspen's Market made in a large coil for ease of cooking. The challenge was that my standard Weber grill wouldn't hold all the meats. I'd been holding on the a pile of leftover knife skeletons for a while and this was the perfect use for them.
A "knife skeleton" is the remnant of a sheet of steel after we laser out the knives. In the old days knives were forged usually from a rod of steel but today with modern high performance knife steels, they are best cut out of a sheet and precision heat treated. Normally, we just recycle the sheets but we have lately been investigating other uses for them. It's painful to get pennies a pound for recycling steel that costs upwards of $15 per pound in the sheet.
The knife grill I made with the skeletons made cooking a ton of meat a snap. Two courses of concrete blocks in a rectangle was all it took. I turned a few of the blocks on their side on the bottom row to allow the fire to breath. I also made the rectangle larger than the two skeletons to allow room on one end to burn wood into charcoal before shoveling it under the grill. We have lots of skeletons, so if you have a use for one, we will be happy to sell it to you