Forging My 2013 Knife Dog's Neo-Tribal KITH Knife Entry...

About: Retired techie that took up bladesmithing to keep busy.

These photos show some of the steps in the process of creating my 2013 entry for the Knife Dogs Neo-Tribal "Knife In The Hat" submission. This knife was created from a farriers  rasp. Fire from my forge gave it life. My hammer formed it's sharp. The finger guard was hammered in the French "Brute De Forge" style. the blade shape was inspired by the work of Mastersmith Jason Knight. The handle is made of spauled cherry with brass hardware and leather wraped frontier style bolster.

The knife is triple quenched and triple heat treated to an approximate hardness of 60. I handcrafted the leather sheath using Herman Oak leather, deer skin fringe, feathers and wooden beads.

Total project took about 25 hours. The knife has been sent out to have my my makers mark engraved on it.

Thank you for checking my first project out.

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    8 Discussions


    1 year ago

    I love this.... When you make your next knife like this I totally want to see all your steps. this is great for your first of what will obviously be MANY many instructables :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I thought my knife was cool...but dude...thats one of the most bad ass transformations ive seen!

    How do you deal with rusting issues?

    1 reply

    After use clean it with water & dish washing soap. Dry it and lightly oil it. Store it in a dry place. I left one outside in my storage shed for two weeks and no rust. I polish the blade, then give it 6-8 coats of blue. I hand polish it, etcher it, and then polish it again. This kinda seals the grain. Also the final patina the blade gets is a form of advance oxidation. Makes it harder to get rust (oxidation) on top of rust.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    very good work. a good soak in hot vinegar would bring out that hamon line nicely


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    with a Rockwell hardness of 60, it should do pretty well.
    anything under 55 is a SOFT knife blade, best used to practice your sharpening(boy scout knives are soft like this for that reason).
    Anything over 62 will be likely to break if misused in any way(that is NOT a screwdriver, no matter how much it looks like one)

    With normal use, I would expect it to need a sharpening stone once or twice a year.
    Heavy use or severe duty(survival spear blade? emergency shovel? cutting bamboo?) would require monthly sharpening.
    If used for shaving, daily stropping like any good razor. yearly sharpening likely required(or at least steel honing)


    Wow! This is so cool! I can't wait to see what other projects you post! I would love to see you post a step-by-step instructable about more knives :)

    Thanks for sharing.