Some knives I've forged

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Some knives I've forged

Post by El-Kablooey » Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:15 pm

I've taken up blacksmithing as a hobby. It is great fun, almost as much as pulsejets. Lots of fire and glowing steel. :)

Here are a few of the knives I've made. Two are railroad spikes, the last used to be a leaf spring. The coloration is from the tempering, I decided not to polish it off.

Jusr thought I'd show off a little. I know Eric has done some forging too...
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Post by Jim Berquist » Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:22 pm

Good stuff Dude! Back in High School, UHHHHHHHh A millenium ago, I made one out of a big but file. Boy did that one hold a edge! :shock:
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Post by Jim Berquist » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:16 am

Saw blades are good too!
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Post by Eric » Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:34 am

Very cool, love the heavy duty twisted handles. I need to make myself a tredle hammer.

Spring steel is nice to work with. If it wasnt -4 out I'd be doing a lot more forging :(

Heres a few pics I have laying around my desktop...

Leafblade dagger 1045 steel, work hardened copper hand gaurd, mohogany handle, machined aluminum ball peen pommel...

Heavy duty piercing tanto in poplar shirasaya from 5160 spring steel, the fitting is forged from copper and the seam tig welded, the mekugi was turned from mohogany.

Have you tried any forge welding? A piece of spring steel sandwiched with the railroad spikes on each side, then twisted together, with the spring steel making up the blade would be really cool.


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Post by El-Kablooey » Sat Jan 05, 2008 12:49 am

Wow Eric, those are really nice!

I am thinking about building a treadle hammer too. I'm sure I've got the materials laying around, I just need to get off my rear and do it.

I wish I had more time to play at the anvil. Life gets in the way too much. I need to get some forge welding under my belt. I'm dying to make some damascus knives.


Dude, I wouldn't crawl out of bed if it was -4 here. :)

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Post by Jim Berquist » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:37 pm

Kablooey! Did you make the kiln your self? What is the firebrick made from? I made a square one that used Gypsum. It didn't last too long.
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Post by Jim Berquist » Sat Jan 05, 2008 9:51 pm

Your yard look sorta like mine. Box fan in shopping cart, Dish net antenna dish, Book stand, Verious metal chunks, and stuff! God Help the Poor!
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Post by Eric » Wed Jan 09, 2008 7:42 am

Thanks :)

Yea its definately hard to justify doing anything when its that cold and misserable out...

I'll get some pics of some of my new projects and find more pics of the katanas and older stuff.

Damascus can be a pain, some people try to do cable damascus and I cringe when I see cable damascus katanas and long swords, barely folded enough times to cause the strands to fuse and homogenize, a hard hit and they could turn into a half a dozen pieces of shrapnel even with proper heat treating. Damascus for short blades can be a lot less precise, but its still easy to get it to delaminate when you quench it.

You can make some really nice modern san-mai blades without any folding, just forge weld a jacket of steel around a core and then draw it out into a bar... Maybe a railroad spike sandwiched between a piece of leaf spring folded over.....

I really want to make a profile roller, that combined with the treadle hammer would make things soooo much easier...

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Post by El-Kablooey » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:35 am

Yeah, poo on cable damascus. I was thinking more along the lines of 1095 and 15n20, 100 layers or so.

I'm gonna have to build another forge first though. I made a couple of mistakes building mine, and am having trouble getting a good even heat. It's ok for forging, but not welding.


Yeah Jim, I'm a packrat. Especially when it comes to scrap metal. Everything will eventually be used in one project or another though. :)

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Re: Some knives I've forged

Post by jhoonday » Mon May 17, 2010 4:20 pm

Something I really notice about your knives the twist hand. Using a stainless type is perfect.

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