I’ve been in a funk lately, too many things going on and not enough time in the shop. Work has been particularly “interesting”, and feeling the need to correct my mood I decided to hit something. Specifically, a piece of hot metal.
I haven’t done any forge work in years, and I’m an amateur at best, but this is a simple enough project and it was fun to knock out. Start to finish it took less than an hour.
I started with a piece of 1″ wide by 1/8″ thick high carbon steel (1080). That’s probably not the ideal stock size to make one of these, 1/2″ x 3/16″ or 1/2″ x 1/4″ seems like it would be better. Or 1/2″ round bar. I didn’t take a lot of in-progress pictures because I had a roaring hot forge going, and a thin piece of steel that would cool quickly if I wasted any time.
The process involves drawing out the point end by hammering on the edges, forging in a rough bevel, hardening and tempering, then sharpening. When I tempered the blade I kept the cutting edge on a heat sink to keep it from overheating, and the temper line stopped short of the edge — you can see a difference in the metal on the back where I flattened it.
The knife edge is very sharp and should hold an edge well. I’ll probably make another one and see if I can improve my technique a bit.