Swords, Daggers, and Axes

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Introduction: Swords, Daggers, and Axes

About: i'm a person who dosn't believe in "i can't". sometimes you just have to. and when you can't afford it, you just have to make it. needless to say i spend most of my money on tools of all sorts, and save any...

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

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    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:(

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    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

    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.

    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

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    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.

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    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