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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29 Jul

New classroom, new shop!

I just left a meeting and wanted to share that all future knife making classes will be held at a new location in Manheim, PA. This new 1470sq ft facility will add much needed space over my existing shop, allow me to bring all of my equipment into a single location and students will get to learn on some bigger professional tools. Over the next few months this space will be transformed into a functioning blacksmith shop for myself and swordsmith Jeremy Eichelberger. Jeremy and I have worked on the idea of collaborating on projects a lot over the past year and this new space will make that happen. We’re also putting our schedule together to attend a few fall/winter knife shows; exciting times, stay tuned! Here’s a peak of the new shop and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more with you all as it comes together!

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05 May

An interesting gift from a friend

My friend Ed makes some of the gnarliest twisted walking sticks. Actually I guess technicallyv nature makes the walking sticks, Ed just has an awesome eye for finding the most interesting ones and has a keen sense on how to dress them up. He has a shop at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire called Merlin’s Magic and next time you pop by to say hi to me please pay a visit to his shop, its right up the lane from me. Anyway, Ed told me to look through his pile of discards and feel free to take what I want. Well, I think these are going to make some fun knife handles and I think you’ll agree. 🙂

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26 Apr

Some pictures from today

John came in from New Jersey today to do a little hammering and learn about forge welding. We both made two cable damascus knives – here’s a few pictures of the day.

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Making a cable knife

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