With the new year there’s always changes and here at Underhill Forge it’s no different. As always we’re working on new blades but we’re working on a lot more. Over the coming months, J is adding an axe making class to the schedule and we’ve expanded our teaching staff! Pete aka Crazy Ivan will be offering both ornamental basics and tool making classes – we’re also working on new hammers and tongs for a retail line! Very exciting stuff, more pictures and videos are sure to follow! Subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!
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!
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.
This is the beginning of the billet, tacked and ready to weld under the press.
After my forging, this is the blade once it’s been profiled and rough ground.
After heat treating, the blade is taken to a higher polish.
A close up of the blade prior to acid etching.
Several baths in acid with 1200 grit sanding in between.
The bright portion of the blade is the nickel steel alloy, while the dark steel is 1084.
A close up of the final etched blade. Tomorrow I’ll work on the handle and ferrul.
Just confirmed my table, we’ll be at the Tri-County York Gun & Knife Show on October 31 and November 1 at the York Expo Center. Admission is $8, 600 tables and parking is FREE. Come on out, say hello, take a look at the new pieces and get a jump start on your Christmas shopping!
I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Some of you may have been curious as to what’s going on and, frankly, there’s a lot happening. First and foremost, I am no longer associated with LaForge Weapons in any way. This means I will no longer be demonstrating bladesmithing at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire in the near future. It also means that they will not be carrying any of my blades. I have completed my move of all my large equipment from the old shop and have consolidated everything into the new one.
Secondly, I’m happy to announce that the Pyrates Treasure will be carrying my current and future inventory. That’s right, the new shop is up and operational and I’m still working on new and exciting pieces!
Knife making classes will still be happening as planned and they’ve begun booking up so save your spot soon! I’m really looking forward to classes in the new shop!
As some of you know, swordsmith Jeremy Eichelberger has joined me in this new adventure and we’ve already begun work on new projects and some future venues, so stay tuned we’ll be showing some of them off shortly.
Lastly, as we go through this transition, I figured it befitting a change of name. It’s no longer just me in the shop and, while I’ll still be using the name JWS Blades – very shortly we’ll make the change to our new name for our new venture. While a little premature until the branding is finished, let me be the first to say, welcome to the new Underhill Forge!