Introduction: Swords, Daggers, and Axes

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Here are just a few of the swords, daggers, and axes i've made over the years. i've always been fascinated by swords and blades of all types. when i was younger i wanted a sword and couldn't afford one so i guess my skills started out with a hacksaw and a file and a piece of steel i found laying around, and have been growing ever since. i'm still working on improving my skills, and would like to learn blacksmithing , and build my own forge one day.
 
Edit: Molnar Sword instructable is now up here:  https://www.instructables.com/id/Sword-Making-by-Stock-Removal/

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roflcakevortex (author)2015-07-27

I'm pretty sure these are supposed to be instructions not advertisements

Ya

damascus freak (author)2011-04-28

hey man awsome. i just started pretty much the same as u. i used an old bed rail and a jig saw to make a sword, its pretty lame:(

ArnoldS7 (author)damascus freak2015-07-11

It is a start is it not ;) "lame, is simply practise pieces" ;)

Thanks. Hey steel is steel, as far as making blades, it all starts with one project and you can build skills from there. and it can turn out as good as you want just takes time and patience

The Jamalam (author)2010-06-29

I really like the sword in slides 4-7, please make instructions :O

Deathatsix (author)The Jamalam2010-06-29

That is the one i plan on doing the instructable on. and Thanks.

Awesome i cant wait to see that! I don't have enough steel for it tho :(

honestly, i used stuff i had laying around my garage, tho i do keep alot of usefull scrap and steel and stuff i think can be used for fixing or making things.

Impressive ,do you melt it down or like forge it into a block and then draw out the swords?

no, i use pieces that are already to length and shape them, and weld where needed. i havn't learned forging yet but am wanting to learn, and start making blades that way but untill then i make them by stock removal. so i guess i'm not that impressive.

I see, I don't understand how this steel magically found in your garage lol? Forging is really quite simple, pretty much you heat up the metal red hot and hit it with a hammer.

ok, i guess to me, it's stuff laying around because often when i go to a fleamarket or a store that has such things i'll pick up metal pieces that i think i can use for something and just keep them untill i have a use for them. and i work on cars so there are pieces of scrap from junk parts. My grandfather passed away and had built fire trucks, so he had scrap pieces of metal stock laying around. so ok i guess anyone that dosn't have metal stock magically appear in their garage would have to buy some. sorry for the confusion. And i believe there is more to forging then just that. that is the basic idea but i don't have a anvil or anything to heat the metal like that yet.

Yeah there's definetly more to it than that but it's not ,that complicated... if you just do some research you should figure it out pretty quick, not that I'm any expert. I did a bit of forging on this sword today. I drew out the hilt witch should not haven taken as long as it did but wood just doesn't work with high carbon steel :P

yeah, i've been researching it little by little. i'm sure once i find a decient anvil that i can afford, i'll get more motivated. i do Autobody so some of the tools were there. i just started from what i know and am slowly building myself up to where i want to be. wood can sometimes be uncooperating. i've been fighting on and off to make a battle axe that the handle houses a sword. i'm close to getting it but not there yet. nice work by the way.

Well I meant to say that the wood wasn't making hot enough coals for me to gt the steel past dark red, so it was almost just like hitting the solid steel. My handle was pretty easy to make, because I first cut 2 slats from a 11/2 by 1 and then carved out the inside, to fit over the hilt in the drawing. Then I just smoothed out the wood to fit my liking. when you forge it's kind of important to use high carbon steel i bought mine from http://www.admiralsteel.com/ I'm using the 1095 steel witch is impressively strong.

You couldn't heat it up hot enough because you are using the wrong fuel. Go to the hardware store and buy a big sack of lump charcoal, not mesquite, and that should solve the problem.

I've been using coal and wood lately, the wood is actually the best fuel I've used yet, only because i have an abundance of it. I'm sure charcoal would burn much hotter.

Using a Bellows or something similar (old hair drier ; fan) anything that can blow air on the open flames and burning wood/coal (from an angle at the bottom of the Flames so as not to contaminate the steel with air pockets/bubbles) may also work on producing higher temperatures ;)

With a Blow torch and big enough tanks and a little innovative thinking and improvisation you can have a small / beginners forge set up in no time ;) the hardest part as far as I know as for forging is the technicalities like how hot the steel need to be, what colors mean what and how long you have to work the metal before you need to heat it up again those type of stuff is in my opinion the hardest to master. Most Black smith professionals though say the best way to master that is trail and error (which even using scrap metal you buy for cheap can become rather expensive though!).

Green Sand can be used as a rough mold though with anything that wont give a "cut clear" smooth molded finish (like Silicon molds or Wax molds for example) it is customary by professional black smith standards to add to the overall thickness and dimensions by 1.5 the actual dimensions right to double and than removing the extra material through filing and sanding thus smoothing the piece out to its actual dimensions and so thus the only thing remaining is to polish it. As the mold marks will be gone by than and if you start with this process in mind it is obvious you will start removing the excess material in a manner that would leave the end result the correct dimensions and mostly if not completely smooth. the 1.5 and Double material additions rings true for what ever measurement you want to use and in any size ;)

Well that is my two cents ;)

ok, call me lame if you want, but I've found that if you'll attach a hairdryer to a pipe that leads to the center of your fire, it'll heat your wood coals/ coals a lot hotter than using a bellows or fanning it with a fan or something... I don't know if that'll work for you, but it's what I did, and it worked rather nicely

looking at the picture, what secures your handle. i mean no offence when i say it looks as though if you swing that sword the blade could come flying out. though i also have absolutely no experience in katanas

I'm not gonna secure it in until it's done ll sorry bout that and if I put any tension at all on the handle i cant pull it out for anything.

cool. Understandable. wasn't sure from the picture. and i really don't have any experience at katanas but that one looks like it's ganna turn out nice.

thanks :) i would have liked to start out with a box of steel and forge it out jsut liek the japanese do. but a bar works okay. If i did that then I could give it a bit more of an accurate shape.

BladedFury (author)Deathatsix2014-10-14

I can't afford a nice anvil or forge either, but I've found that if you take sizable chunk of flat metal (for example, a piece of railroad track or something similar) and secure it to a base, then it make a functional cheap anvil... worth a shot at least

I'm not trying to be offensive or anything, but I have to point out that Forging is way more complicated than you make it sound, especially for weapons. Yeah, if you just want a simple bracelet or something, then sure you could just pound the metal into shape. But there's also a lot more to the process, like heating, tempering, quenching, drawing, fullering, and countless other techniques. I've been forging for a couple of years now, and haven't produced a useable blade over 3 inches. So yeah, you could just bang on metal, but if you want to do it right, then it's a lot more complicated.
Again, I don't mean to criticize or anything, but I just wanted to point out that there's more to the process.

BladedFury (author)2014-10-14

These are some very nice looking blades :) I really like how much you've polished them

Dakota Joel98 (author)2014-07-20

Great job man those are wicked but how did you do the serrated edge on the Ax?

Green X (author)2014-05-13

cool I like the axes

SlyProphet (author)2013-10-13

How exactly did you get the serrations on the axes? Did you use a gear?

lux4x4 (author)2013-07-06

But this is not a instructables!!! Do you think that to do it is easy???? I am sure not!! You are an artist!

Sabinbp (author)2011-12-04

Is it me or does those blades look dull?

didgitalpunk (author)Sabinbp2011-12-11

no they do look dull

curvy77 (author)2011-11-25

great designs. how do you make these and what materials do u use? plz help a fellow scrapsmith!

mr.frob (author)2011-11-17

That is some really beautiful work.

Underminer (author)2010-07-10

Dude I think you have some mad skills as far as sword making goes.

Deathatsix (author)Underminer2010-07-10

Thanks. There's always room for improvement. but i like what i make.

Underminer (author)Deathatsix2010-07-10

Think of the stuff that you'll make when you learn to Blacksmith!

Deathatsix (author)Underminer2010-07-10

It wouldn't be a whole lot different, aside from the fact that it would be alot stronger. i guess there would be some things i could do that are really difficult to do now. but yeah i'm in the planning stages of building a smaller furnace out of fire brick and an old water storage tank. just not sure if i want to use gas or coal. and people want more then i can afford at the moment for a decient anvil. Thanks for the support.

Go to an old scrapyard and look around. Old anvils are everywhere, they're just hard to find. Also, you don't have to use an anvil, per se. My master has an anvil that is merely a length of railroad track secured to a stump. It just needs to be big and very very solid. Even a thick steel plate attached to a solid base would work. On another note, use a coal forge. While it is messier and slower than gas, it produces far better quality blades.

i've been watching for auctions and asking around. so far i got one anvil from a friends uncle, then got a little better on at auction and 2 post vices at auction. so with all the other hammers and a couple pair of tongs, and a couple different blowers to try out, all i need now is to build the forge itself. so i'll be trying to get a friend of a friend to help me out with the masonary work. Thanks for the tips tho. and i al planning at the moment to use coal or charcoal.

If you like, I can post an 'Ible about making a good starter forge, no large scale, but good for smaller knives, arrowheads, hooks, etc. just to get your hand in.

That would be really cool for anyone on here that has an interest in forging so i would say it would be really cool for you to take the time making. I do know the general idea and how to make a brake drum forge or one made out of a barrel or old grill with a clay/sand liner. but my idea is to make a nice one out of fire brick, brick, and block. but honestly more or different info always is helpfull, and others could use the info as well.

ninja of suburbia (author)2011-08-23

These are some rather well made blades, and even though I believe hand-forging to be superior to stock removal, I congratulate you on work well done.

Thanks very much. I agree that forged blades are way stronger. i can only think that this process will help me to achive a better product when i start forging.

That Inventor Dude (author)2011-02-25

Duuuude, that i just awesome,

Thanks Dude.

billyberserker (author)2010-09-19

Interesting...
What did you use to make the axe in the end of the slideshow?

For that one I used a cam gear for the innerside, and the outer parts were a regular stock gear (around 25 bucks at Tractor supply) and the mount is a thick piece of pipe squashed down.

Nice! Liked the design!

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