Our skilled craftsmen in Hemiji, Japan possesses a combined sum of hundreds of years experience forging and grinding golf clubs going back to the days of forging the finest Samurai swords.
Utilizing 1018 Carbon Steel requires several additional forging steps than other materials. As a result Scratch Golf Clubs are more expensive to manufacture. Once the raw heads are forged, our talented craftsmen shape each head by hand to our exact specifications and exact sole grinds. The 1018 wedges are hand ground by our craftsmen in Japan while the Armory Tour Custom clubs are hand ground at our facility in Chattanooga TN by Master Craftsmen Jeff McCoy and Don White. Combined, our Master Craftsman have ground clubs that have won 15 Major Championships and countless PGA and other Major Tour victories.
Once the raw head has been hand ground by one of our Master Craftsmen, the head is then polished by hand and run through our tumblers to polish and smooth out the surface of the head prior to final finishing. After the tumbler stage, the heads may played or go through 1-4 extra preparatory steps depending on what finish the customer has chosen for the final product. Only then is it ready for hand stamping final finishing.
Scratch 8620 wedges are made using the same process and material as other leading wedges on the market. The 8620 wedges are cast from 8620 carbon steel, which is the softest material that can be cast to manufacture a golf club. The grooves and face are CNC milled to assure complete consistency. Once the club is cast, only a small amount of hand finishing is needed before the head is ready to be finished in our standard 8620 Satin finish.