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Old 08-23-2013, 22:44   #41
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Great work and imagination.
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Old 08-24-2013, 15:41   #42
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I decided to try my hand at blacksmithing recently. My great great grandfather was a blacksmith on the family property where my grandma still lives.

I built a propane "soup can" forge and started working on the spike. This was the end result.

The Cutting Edge

That is one cool knife. tom.



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The only one I ever made that I have a picture of is this one (I was making before digital cameras ) It was the first knife I made with my first "store bought" forge. The wife wanted the first one from the forge and designed it herself as a "left-handed paring knife". I did it in one day after I annealed the 1" ball bearing it came from.

The Cutting Edge

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Not the prettiest I ever did but we had a bet about whether I could forge harden, temper and finish a knife in one day and, whether it would be "presentable" if I did.

I won! ( I think )


That would make for an ideal Sgain Dubh for a man with larger than normal calves. tom.
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Old 08-24-2013, 16:17   #43
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My brother got his Spike Knives at Dollywood years ago.

they look similar.
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Old 08-24-2013, 20:06   #44
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I'm tagging this for later. I use to volunteer at Ft. Vancouver as a black smith and friends and I had a side business. Lots of fun.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:08   #45
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It doesn't take that much gear to make a knife. One of the guy I learned from wrote a book called "The $50 knife shop" I urge everyone to give it a try if they are interested. You can use old steel but really some steels are very cheap actually if you know where to shop and you can save so much fuel just because you don't have to anneal it that it's worth it and that doesn't count the time.

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Old 08-27-2013, 12:27   #46
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Just a update for you folks. I built my coal forge this past weekend and it works great! I'm all ready almost finished with knife #2.

The Cutting Edge

It still needs a edge, tempering, and polishing. But this is the basic shape of Knife #2

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Old 08-27-2013, 14:25   #47
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Excellent!

Congratulations-it works.

Building your own gear is almost as rewarding as making the knife.
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Old 08-27-2013, 15:07   #48
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Excellent!

Congratulations-it works.

Building your own gear is almost as rewarding as making the knife.
Yes indeed. Actually I'm thinking seriously about going home tonight and trying to make some tongs.
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Old 08-27-2013, 15:13   #49
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Spike Knives

I have mad a couple (see attached). Scrounge up a few leaf springs and have a go and keep making spike knives. I give them all away.

Nice job!
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Yes indeed. Actually I'm thinking seriously about going home tonight and trying to make some tongs.
I will offer the advice "Don't try to make tongs until you have read an old blacksmithing book that shows you how".

Trust me on this one. It's a bit more complicated than it looks and there are some tricks to it. Much easier to know them ahead of time. I wish I had. It's sort of like cutting crown molding.
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I will offer the advice "Don't try to make tongs until you have read an old blacksmithing book that shows you how".

Trust me on this one. It's a bit more complicated than it looks and there are some tricks to it. Much easier to know them ahead of time. I wish I had. It's sort of like cutting crown molding.
I've been watching Youtube videos and reading how. I figure the only way I'm going to learn more is to try. It does not look easy and is definitely a art.
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Knife #2 is almost done. I just want to do a little polishing on it tomorrow with my buffing wheel.

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Looks good.

I take it you have read about hot cutting the swage or "clip" for a Bowie style?
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pretty cool thread, but i think you guys need to speak with a pro... check out Archangel, he has some skills.....
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Looks good.

I take it you have read about hot cutting the swage or "clip" for a Bowie style?
No. Not familiar with that?
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No. Not familiar with that?
If you want to have a Bowie style clip point, trying to forge that "clip" in is an exercise in frustration. It will "Fish mouth" on you. That means the metal you are trying to displace will build up where you don't want it around the clip generally.

The best thing to do and easiest way to do it is to get your blade hammered out like a piece of bar stock and before you start forging in the bevel from spine to edge or part way if you are doing a sabre profile, hot cut a section from the spine to the tip of the bar. Sort of like an upside-down 'tanto point". maybe a shallower angle and longer but you get the idea. Then as you forge in the bevel, the tip will naturally move up "Bowie style. when you get a bit of practice you can cut it a bit earlier, while it's thicker, and "Tune it" as you forge in the Distal taper.
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Here is a buttcrude sketch done on "Paint" to show what I mean.



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definitely an artist from San Fran...
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Old 08-28-2013, 05:46   #59
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Here is a buttcrude sketch done on "Paint" to show what I mean.



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Ahhhhhh! Excellent tip! I had not thought of that. Your diagram works perfect. A bowie is a forthcoming project, so thanks!
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I found a truck brake drum on the side of the interstate and I have intentions some day of building a brake drum forge out of it. I would like to get started doing something like this as well.
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