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I finally managed to get an Imgur account and loaded some pics up.

I'm a horrible photographer, but whatever is what it is. smile

I started out a couple years ago with a coal forge and a 1x30 belt grinder. Then upgraded to a 2 burner propane forge and a 2x72 belt grinder. Still haven't gotten tired of it yet, and still learning and getting a little better as time goes on. Next on my horizon is probably going to be a press, but that's going to be quite awhile till I squirrel away enough $$ for one of those. Lord willing in the not too far future I'll set up an LLC and make it a business so that when I retire I'll have something constructive to do and augment my income. I use mostly leaf springs, but some files as well. I have used coil springs from cars, and steel from random broken tools. I know my fit and finish needs work, I'm getting there. My knives are not heirloom pieces of 1000 layer damascus (yet wink ) nor are they a new super steel that holds an edge that shaves after butchering a cape buffalo and batoning through 5 cords of cured locust. I enjoy taking a file, or spring, or broke tool and with heat, blood, and sweat making it into a knife or some other edged instrument that works. I've a couple dozen out there now and so far so good as far as happy customers.

I call my little endeavor Neorxnawang Forge. My makers mark. Tiwaz rune and my initials.

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First off here is a skinner pattern. I've made more of these than anything. I like the way it sits in your palm, even with cold cramping fingers you can still hold it secure enough to skin out a critter. I've used it on a wolf and deer, a buddy's used his on a couple bears, another uses his in the kitchen.

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This is a knife I made for a good friend who retired last year. I made the blade, another buddy made the handle.

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Same guy that made that handle put the handle on this one. This is a knife I made for him from a leaf spring from an old wagon from his family's place. Been there a long long time, no telling how old the spring was. Only pic I had of it in m phone. He used it on a bull he got opening morning last year.

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One I made for my son. Was a file.

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Round knife for leatherwork

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These are the first knives I was really proud of. Use in the kitchen, the middle one is my wife's favorite. I cringe a little at it now, but still works. smile

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This was my first attempt at a chef knife. Ground it very thin.

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Some chef's knives. I'm making these now with much stiffer spines.

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This one for my daughter. Copper liner and spacer. Done plenty of copper liners, but the spacer between the ivory and micarta was a first.
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Couple more chefs.

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This little guy was my first successful attempt at a pattern weld. Was a piece of tool steel and some round files I twisted up.

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A small seax

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A sharpfinger style
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Small axe made from front axle of my '76 GMC

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From a 16 oz ball pein hammer

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From a 32 oz ball pein hammer

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Looking good BGG.

Congrats on the bear.

Ace guide you in to it?😁

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A fighter

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This one I did not do any forging. A buddy found it in the root ball of some brush he was ripping out of his yard. Was a disaster of an old axe head, asked if I wanted it. I took a fair bit of time to grind/sand all the rust off, grind the edge back, re-establish the bevels and took material off the top and bottom to make it more aesthetically pleasing and useful. Annealed it and did an edge quench. Polished it up and handled it. Told him to use it for kindling, but he just has it on the wall.

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Originally Posted by SLM
Looking good BGG.

Congrats on the bear.

Ace guide you in to it?😁


Ha! No, unfortunately not mine. I just made the knife.


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Thanks Rick.


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Those ball peen hatchets are really cool.

Does hammer head steel harden well?????


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Loving the Chef knives and the axle ax !


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Good looking steel, and they seem to work!


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Originally Posted by michiganroadkill
Those ball peen hatchets are really cool.

Does hammer head steel harden well?????



Thanks.

Define well. smile First one I did was an old one and when I quenched in oil it was fine. Not super hard, but certainly hard enough. Subsequent heads I've found I need to quench them in water, as the oil doesn't get them hard. I'm only edge quenching of course, the spike and the edge of the blade.

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Loving the Chef knives and the axle ax !


Thank you. That was my first attempt at a real using axe from scratch. I've made franciscas from RR spikes, but they weren't really tools. Just for tossing. I have a couple more pieces of that axle I plan on doing a couple more. Learn as I go, next ones will have wider cheeks.

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Good looking steel, and they seem to work!


Thanks Mannlicher, they do! I endeavor to make sure anything I turn out is functional and up to the task, or it gets tossed in the scrap bin. There've been plenty of those along the way too.


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Nice work! Looks like a fun hobby.


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Originally Posted by BillyGoatGruff
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I really like this one. How much would one like this run?
All of them are turning out good. This is something you should be proud of. Keep up the.good work.

By the way who were the Tiwas people?


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