New Years Day I got the chance to hang out with Allen Schaeffer of Furnace Creek Forge and Brett Bennett of Bennett Knives and do a little forging. I hope everyone else has had a good New Years so far and I just want to say that I’ve got some pretty exciting stuff on the list for 2016. I picked up a new 2×72 grinder, there’s a Bull style hammer build in the plans, I’ve got another smith coming into the shop, axe making classes are coming, working on new forging hammers, tong designs, leather work and of course more hand forged knives – and this is just the tip of the iceberg! I feel that this is really going to be a break out year for Underhill Forge, I’m getting some great shows lined up, new product and as always a drive and determination to make the very best! Thanks for joining the journey with me in 2015, it’s full steam ahead for this coming year and beyond! Here’s some shots of our work from the Not-Hungover Hammer-in!
I’ve been busy in the shop counting down the “shipping days til Christmas” and cranking out the last of my custom orders. This weekend is a full house at the forge for class and I’m sure lots of new pictures will follow! If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift for someone special on your list, check out my 2 Day Knife Making Class Gift Certificate! In the beginning of January I’ll be adding more class dates going into July. There’s a lot of exciting stuff in the works I can’t wait to share with you as soon as they become finalized, so stay tuned and Merry Christmas everyone!
Here’s a new addition to the shop. I took a 5″x5.25″x11″ block of A2, weighing in at 85lbs, some 4×4’s and metal straps and fabricated a new block anvil. I crew some inspiration from Japanese style anvil – the simple truth is that there’s elegance and function in simplicity. You don’t need a horn or a heel to make a good knife.. And as a bonus, there’s over 25sq inches of sweet spot!
A few months back, some of you might recall, a close friend of mine lost his life in an accident. He and his wife had a business, Merlin’s Magic, making walking sticks from twisted branches that he would scrape and carve to give a beautiful appearance – not elaborate carvings, but just enough to give them beautiful character. Anyway, a mutual friend of ours stepped up to keep carving the sticks as Ed used to do. Needless to say, Ed was a larger guy and his knife just felt awkward in her hands. Cole approached me for a new knife, specifically for her. Her desires were a simple knife, a tip she could dig into the wood a bit without fear of snapping it, a keen edge that will stay sharp after hours of scraping bark and a finish that wouldn’t get scratched up in the process. Here’s what I came up with. Handle is ebony, hand made mosaic pins, blade steel is 1084. 4″ blade and 8.25″ overall length. Sheath is antique mahogany veg tanned leather with a belt frog for reversible wear. Here’s a few of the shots during the forging and making of this blade.