Ray Rogers Handcrafted Knives

The Arbor Press

This is an arbor press. It seems like a very common and well known device to me but I've received a number of questions on it whenever I've mentioned it in corresponding with other knife makers so I decided to picture it here.

The purpose of this press is to allow you to exert a large amount of force over a small area. In this way you can press an oilite bearing into a blade which is what I mostly use it for. This is one of the smallest arbor presses. It weighs only 25 pounds but, through it's mechanical advantage, can exert about half a ton of force on anything placed under the ram.

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