Banging Some Metal

Just a few pics of some things I’ve been working on in the shop.

Starting with a piece of A36. Not ideal for a knife at all because of its low carbon content (aka it won’t harden/temper properly) but it gives me some practice on shaping.

Reducing the edge down.

Forging the tip.

Looking more like a knife.

The spine.

Here’s one that’s finished. It’s made out of an old farrier’s rasp with an oak handle and brass pins.

Before and after.

before and after

Overall I’m pretty happy with the the rasp knife came out, especially since it’s the first knife I’ve ever made.

Some Forge Work

Since I have the shop setup I’ve been trying to get out there daily for a least an hour and work on *something*…Some days it happens and some days it doesn’t. Here’s a few pics of what I’ve been working on.

This is the initial drawing out of the original round bar stock. It started off as 3/4in round.
initial forging

After sanding and shaping.
sanding and shaping done

Brought up to non-magnetic heat and then quenched in canola oil.
quenched

Tomorrow I’ll draw some of the hardness out by tempering so it won’t shatter when I try to use it. After that, if I’ve done everything correctly, I should have a usable center punch to leave marks on steel. *crosses fingers*

I Have A Maker’s Mark!

I’ve gotten fairly serious about blacksmithing and knifemaking in the last several months. So much so that I decided I wanted a way to mark the things I make. On the recommendation of a designer who’s blog I read, I contacted Josh Ford and he worked with me to get the mark I was looking for. Here’s what he came up with based on my input.

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Definitely digging it! Keep an eye out for more posts about this and check out my instagram since I post a lot of shop pics there.

In the coming months I’ll get this design transferred to a metal stamp that I can then use to mark things I make.

A Picture Post

This is my new workshop. I haven’t been this excited about something in a *really* long time! I’m waiting for the builder to do a few final things and then I can move in and start setting up. The two windows together were an addon so my mom could setup her art studio…From what I can gather she’s pretty excited about it too :-)

Footers dug out
Footers being dug

More after the jump

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Some Motivation

I don’t normally post the motivational poster type sayings because most of them just really annoy me. But I found on that really resonates with me so I’m sharing it here if for no other reason than to just have it around where I can find it.

If you can’t make out what the text is here’s a copy of it.

“Motivation comes from within; there’s no supplement, secret or substitute for the power of the mind to control the body. The only thing holding you back from being the person you want to be, is yourself. No matter your goals, your challenges or the adversity you’ll face, the first step always begins with thought; don’t let self-doubt or fear cloud your mind. Unlock the internal fire that’s buried inside and don’t let anything stand in your way. Get up, get out and get after it.”

As someone who has an inner voice who says that I suck this saying really does help me put things in perspective and break out of my own negativity. If you want a copy of it for yourself head over to ITS Tactical. It’s only 5 bucks!

An Ax To Grind

I like sharp things. Axes, knives, swords (high quality and *not* the cheap knock offs that seem to be everywhere) it doesn’t really matter. Since getting back into blacksmithing I look at them all very differently. How’re they made, what kind of steel is used, is it all high carbon steel or was the bit welded in? I’ve also recently had the urge to create things from leather, steel, copper etc. So I ordered a Cold Steel Tomahawk from Amazon so I could play around with some ideas I had. Lots of pics after the jump.

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The Smell Of The Leather

I’ve always enjoyed the satisfaction I get from making things be it metal, leather, whatever. I picked up a new knife a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t come with a sheath which I thought was a bit odd. But the more I thought about it the happier I was. The trend now is to use Kydex for *everything*. Knife sheaths, gun holsters, flashlight holsters and some folks love it. I’m not a fan though.

So I brushed off some old high school leatherworking skills and made my own little fold over sheath for it.

I wet formed it around the blade and once the leather dried it created a friction retention which is exactly what I hoped would happen. It did dry a bit harder than I’d hoped so it kind of has that hard plastic feel. I used an antique liquid stain for the base coat and then went back over it with some gel stain to bring out the natural lines in the leather as well as brush a few more dark lines on it. Overall I’m pretty doggone happy with the way it turned out. Since this is my box opening knife for work I’m working on another sheath that will also hold my multi-tool. I have a few more blades that need new sheaths as well 😀

Some New Music

Came across some really cool music about a week ago. The group is called Wardruna and they’re a Norwegian music group founded by Einar Kvitrafn Selvik  and their song lyrics are in Old Norse. They also make most of the traditional instruments they play and use various natural sounds like fire, water, thunder, etc.  Some of my favorites so far.

 

 

They have 2 albums out now Yggdrasil and Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga and one in the works. Each of the three albums deal with 8 runes of the Elder Futhark. It really is an interesting listen.

All Moved

If you’ve stopped by in the last couple of days you probably noticed that nothing was here. Well, everything has been moved to the new server and we’re back. If you find something broken just let me know in the comments.

New Ride In The Stable

Back in 2011 I bought my first Harley Davidson motorcycle. Before that I’d never been a huge fan of Harley but there was always one bike that my eyes lingered on a bit longer when I saw it. That bike is the Road Glide. I picked up a 2007 and have really enjoyed riding it the last 3 years. Last year Harley announced there would be no 2014 model year for the Road Glide. I was more than a little pissed off until I found out the reasons behind it. They took the year to completely redesign the bike from the ground up.

I was just glad that the “ugliest bike in the world” was coming back but I had no intentions of upgrading. I read reviews and articles about the upgrades and it seemed like the bike was going to be awesome. But still no intention to buy one. That all changed about a month ago when I went to my local dealership and saw one in person. I went in on a Thursday after work and by Friday morning I’d made the decision to put money down for them to hold the bike for me. By 3pm on Saturday I was pulling out of the dealership on my new bike. I’ve got just over 1000 miles on it so far and to say that I’m pleased with it is an understatement. And now some pics!