15 Dec

Christmas is almost here!

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!

16 Nov

Upswept hunter update!

Here’s a few pictures of the San Mai upswept I’ve been working on, took a few custom orders this past week so personal stuff I want to do has to take a back seat to the stuff I have to do. lol Tomorrow though, I’ll finalize the handle and get to etch the blade. Update 11/24/15, the finished blade is up and ready for sale.

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12 Nov

San Mai skinner, part 2

Well, it’s quitting time here at the shop, the Sun’s gone down, there’s an ice cold refreshing beer on the bench and the coal forge is dying out. So heres a few pictures of the progress on this skinner. Some of you might remember this profile shape from the Jack Daniels Skinner I had up here a week or two ago – well, it’s proven to be popular. I spent some time earlier going back and forth with my photos and dimensions and made a template, which is something I don’t typically do, but I’ve got two outstanding orders for this blade already and a third inquiry so I figured I should have something to reference on hand. 🙂 Oh, and since the first had Jack Daniels oak for the handle, I’m affectionately naming this model the Tennessee Skinner.. wow, look at that, I have a model!

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05 Nov

San Mai Upswept Hunter in progress

This is one of this weeks knife projects. 1084 & 15N20 san mai upswept hunter. Here’s some pictures of the blade through different stages of development. This is not a commission, just a blade I felt like making, when finished this blade will be available here in the store unless someone lays a claim to it before I finish it. 🙂 UPDATED 11/16 with a new post. Update 11/24/15, the finished blade is up and ready for sale.

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This is the beginning of the billet, tacked and ready to weld under the press.

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After my forging, this is the blade once it’s been profiled and rough ground.

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After heat treating, the blade is taken to a higher polish.

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A close up of the blade prior to acid etching.

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Several baths in acid with 1200 grit sanding in between.

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The bright portion of the blade is the nickel steel alloy, while the dark steel is 1084.

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A close up of the final etched blade. Tomorrow I’ll work on the handle and ferrul.

19 Sep

Viking Seax, Sheath and Companion Knife

Here’s the latest blade to come out of the shop this week. It’s also a piece that Jeremy and I had been wanting to make for almost an entire year. The blade is san mai forged from 1084 & 15N20. Fittings are all mild steel. Handle is lace wood, copper, leather and ebony.  I forged a companion knife out of the same steels designed to be kept in a small pocket in the sheath. Blade is 15″ & overall is 22″. Construction is all traditional, using a peened nut to make a compression fitting for the assembly. Here’s some pictures of the process and finished piece. The sheath is veg tanned leather with forged s-chain. This particular piece is available at Pyrates Treasure at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Price for a similar set is $900.

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