Tried my hand at forging a knife this afternoon, since I needed another project to work on.
I made a knife in Grade 9 Industrial Arts class and loved it. Knife
turned out okay, but remember, I was a 9th grader. Fast forward 20 or
so years. Now I TEACH "Industrial Arts", and while they won't let me
have the students make knives, that doesn't mean I can't!
Been thinking about doing one for a year or so. Then I discovered that
the school has a little electric kiln oven stored over in the wood shop.
AND, I've got several old Nicholson files that are pretty much useless
as a file anymore... Hmm.
So today I decide to attempt some blacksmithing. Something I've never
really done but have always wanted to try. What's not fun about red hot
metal and big hammers!?
Lugged the kiln over to my room, plugged it in and fired it up. Let it bake for a bit while I smash some metal.
Welded a chunk of rod to the end so I don't have to mess with tongs.
My setup. I don't have a forge, period. Turns out a rosebud works
pretty darn good, although it sure got warm in the welding booth...
So I read a bunch on the interwebs (including a bit here on advrider)
and watched several u-tube vids. I should be good to go, right?!
Get 'er good and hot,
and start pounding. Really have no idea what I'm doing, so I'll just pretend.
Not your typical knife blade. It'll make more sense when I start to clean it up. I hope.
Pounding the bevels was dang hard. Got it sorta close and called it
good enough. The rest will be done the, uh, old fashioned way? Er not.
You know, with a grinder and a file. Not the reaallyy old fashioned
way, like blacksmiths used to do.
Here she is fresh out of forging. I stuck it in the oven and let it
cool slowly for about 1/2 hour. I know thats not long enough to anneal
it, but I'm experimenting here...
Cleaned it up a bit with an angle grinder and spent some time filling
it. It's definitely soft enough to file, so I guess thats good enough?!
And a bit more with the sander.
Probably going to leave the crosshatch on the upper part of the blade.
It still has a ways to go, need to clean up the plunge cut on the bevel
near the hilt and I want to put a short edge on the outside of the
"beak". More to follow, eventually...