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  1. I tried my hand at a file knife. Actually one of the first blades I have made. I pretty happy with how it turned out. It was good enough to cut up the thanksgiving bird. I do still have a lot to learn about edge geometry. It took forever to get a sharp edge on it.
  2. This blade was forged from a large Nicholson file, so it is quality W1 high carbon steel. Handle is a stacked twisted mosaic wood of purpleheart, reclaimed teak, and reclaimed walnut. Bolster is cast mica powder and G-Flex epoxy. I had a lot of fun with this guy, it's a little all over the place, but I like how busy it is.
  3. The local Farriers popped into my forge last week and dropped of some of their old rasps. So what do you do when the world gives you blunt rasps? You make upcycle knifes of course. Overall length is 400mm or 16" in old money. Decided to keep the up-cycling theme going for the handle and used some old marine ply I had lying under the bench. I have to say this was a fun distraction for my usual work.
  4. OK, so following on from the 'repfile' thread, here's an attempt at a crocodile forged from an old rasp. After forging the head I thought it looked more like a platypus ... there's an idea for next time, using the smoother side of the rasp for fur. Should have made the snout a bit more slender. The croc has no lower jaw, which got me thinking that perhaps two rasps could be welded together. That would enable an open mouth and a belly. Anyway, here's today's try:
  5. Following my feeble attempt at a wrought lizard, I thought an old file would be a good starting point for another try. The texture looks a lot like scales. The file curled a bit as it was necked out for the head, but the hump produced looks OK. Just migged on some mild steel feet. I would like to fold the end of the file under (and weld?) to get more mass for the head, but I thought file steel would probably snap and the surfaces wouldn't weld too well. Anyway, here's the result. I like the body shape and will take more care with the feet on the next one. Incidentally, I had a bit of a brain fade with this one, got distracted and picked up the wrong end. Hammer hand too, so forging for the day finished up abruptly.
  6. Howdy, Some of y'all may know I tend not to repeat designs, however I had the extra handle left over from my previous, nearly identical, tanto from a couple months ago, and I couldn't help myself. It's a century-old file I reforged and heat treated with APG-36 clay and Parks 50. 12.25" OAL, 4" handle. Sheath is goat leather I got from the only tannery in Cyprus while on vacation there. Comments and critique encouraged, Theo
  7. LOVING the new website! Anyways, here's another piece with 3D printed components. There is a sport/outdoor store here in the city that's expressed interest in my work, however most of my blades are too big for their collection, so I forged this guy. 100 year old file forged to shape. 3D printed and cast bronze bolster and buttcap, with cocobolo and brass pins. The finish on the handle could have been cleaner - this is my first real attempt at sharp corners, and could have done better. Comments and critique always appreciated, Theo
  8. Failed Attempt

    Old file.

    An old file. I stood it up into the forge against the bottom grate to see at what depth the sweet spot of the fire was.
  9. Yes, I had to spell it wrong to get it to rhyme, haha. Another century old file reforged into a knife; deer tibia from my uncle's hunt a year or two ago. When I first got the bone from him it was already in rough condition, to firstly I stabilized with crazy glue and vacuum chamber. I used to only do random hamons... not any more! I'm very happy with the pattern achieved. Comments and critique encouraged, Theo
  10. Last month my girlfriend took me to a great antique store that was also a diner. I had a conversation with owner about how he's sold out of knives, and he brought me to his personal shop where he had many of his grandfather's files. He had a wonderful shop where you could feel the generations that have used it. The files themselves were well used and abused - one had been designated a paint stirrer some time ago and probably was caked in lead. Only three had stamps or markings, all too pitted/rusted to make out. I tried not to bore the gf too much, she's very understanding of my bladesmithing affliction, nonetheless she's probably a bit tired of knives/steel/files by the time of this pic . You can see my double-handful of files sitting there on the table. Took JM's advice and hardened then snapped the tangs to test em - passed with good grain. There was a mighty thick (3/8"!) one that was calling to me, so I forged out a lot of handle material, distal tapered tang, and did a mediocre job of feeding the spike through the pommel. Still working on it, handle is drying. APG 36 and parks 50 quench. I need to take a picture of the other triangular file I used for the RR knife... it was an unwieldy shape, and had to be forged down quite a bit. I spliced it into a RR spike, and finished the handle with carnauba wax because I love it's smell. I may want to try a ring knot like Stormcrow at both ends because the handle is 1 1/4" too long in my opinion. Here's where things get interesting; when I took both pieces out of the acid I at first I thought I had screwed up the polish, because there were black "scratches" appearing. Upon inspection I noticed they flowed with the hammer blows and indentations from the file's teeth even though the teeth were gone, even more apparent on the larger blade. My conclusion was that the steel is older than I thought... but I can't identify when. Hopefully someone can help with that :)
  11. Here are a few pics of the first knife I made, using an old file. I forged it into shape rather than trying to cut it. The handle did not turn out the way I wanted as I cut the thin rod I wrapped it with much too short. The intention was to have a tightly wrapped tang, with a rudimentary snake head or something similar at the end of the rod. Bonus pic: rubixs twist using a mild steel bar
  12. I've made a few blades before, but I never got around to getting them done. The past week, however, I was put in a mandatory knifemaking course, since the teacher of the course I was supposed to attend called in sick. Thus I had to make a complete knife. It was real crowdy in the shop, so I forged a blade one night after everyone had gone home. I wasn't too happy with it, it has a hammer mark that is too deep, and the grind is not like I wanted it. I was going for a hollow grind, but because of some unwanted facets I had to hone on a coarse diamond until the edge became all flat. By then the forge was crowded all the time, so no second attempt. Because of this I saved my burl handle stock for later, and went with an ordinary piece of oak for handle. To liven the handle up a bit I ground some powder of pine bark, mixed it to a paste with danish oil, and filled the pores with it. It comes off real dark, and is a nice contrast, methinks. The blade is a piece of an old file laminated into some mild steel. The camera did not bring out the tempering colors. It has been tempered again after final honing, and the mild steel turned out a lustrous gold, while the edge is bronze. The image quality is not exactly benefiting from taking the picture through a glass door.. Sorry about the quality of this picture, I drew it with the mouse. As you can see, I cut off the blank opposite to the shape of the finished knife, and then bend it back. This is because I used the "U" approach to avoid stick welding, and by doing this I get HC in the knife point even after extensive sharpening. Many prefer to draw out the tang first from the end of the blank, I've tried both, but have not landed on a favourite.
  13. Hi blacksmiths, I'm making knives to start off with but I'm not sure what shape for a file I need. The file is going to be used to make a bevel with either a scandi or convex grind. I have access to pretty much all shapes. - David
  14. I've been needing one of these, and figured I'd have more fun making one than I would buying one, so I took one of my $1 files from the flea market and here's what I ended up with... I think next time I'm gonna leave the tangs straight until right before HT to keep my bevel grind cleaner.