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First forging experience

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by knoefz, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. knoefz

    knoefz

    Mar 20, 2009
    Yesterday I had my first experience in forging a knife.
    Big fun and the end result makes feel kind of proud :)

    Here's some pics taken during the process, a bit out of focus but it tells the story.

    Started with a rough shaped piece of O2 steel welded to a long rod to hold it comfortably during the forging.
    This is where it all begins... massive amounts of heat
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    Start making a rounded tip
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    And heat it up again :)
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    Making the angles constant was hard by yourself, so it became a 2 man job
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    More heat
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    After forging worked up the contours a bit on a belt sander
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    And also started the edge on the belt sander before hardening
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    Hardening (in oil) and tempering
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    My first forged steel tools :
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    Leather lace handle and sheath make it complete
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    For size reference
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    Love the mirror edge contrasting against the forge marks
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    This was great fun to do!
    I need to go out now and give the knife a good workout :)
     
  2. d762nato

    d762nato Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Nice job and I like the style of it also. I always wanted to get into forging knives but never did. :(
     
  3. B Griffin

    B Griffin Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 22, 2007
    Nice post. There is a lot of satisfaction in making your own tools.
     
  4. Snakedoc

    Snakedoc Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 7, 2007
    Very nice, you should be proud of that!!
     
  5. jds1

    jds1

    Jun 9, 2007
    Nice job!

    Jeff
     
  6. knoefz

    knoefz

    Mar 20, 2009
    Thanks for the positive comments guys!
    I did some foodprepping with it so far, works wel for that.
    Still need to give it a more serious workout in the woods soon to see if it stays sharp and how it feels in hand after longer usage.
     

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