Forging a Striking Knife

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.

Forge Heating Up

Forge Heating Up

Drawing out the awl end

Drawing out the awl end

Finished Knife

Finished Knife

Back flattened

Back flattened

Closeup of the front

Closeup of the front

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. That came out great. I love hand forged tools. My striking knife is one of my most used tools I have. Nice forge you got there too.

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