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Okay, i know that an acronym of the title of this forum would be STAB (sort of appropriate, really. Heh.) but seriously:
What's everyone been up to?
I think i'll start this off by posting a pic of my 2 newest knives
Werl, actually, the integral one's been finished for ages, but i only got around to finishing it off lately, but the triangular-ish bladed one's been made in only 2 days (usually i take a break of a few weeks before finishing, so that's out of the ordinary for me)
The handle slabs are an unidentified hardwood (padauk, i think), the bolsters are mild steel, with mild steel pins, blued with bluing solution, and the blade's 440-C
If anyone wants me to, i'll put up an instructable on how to make one like this, and on how to make a kitchen paring knife.
Post your pics here, tho make them pics of FINISHED jobs, please.
That way, i'll have to post far fewer.

Just finished this...2 weeks ago, hence the rust.
Nice persian-y slicer.


here's a little ornamental cross I made recently


Well I just got my first:
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His name is Roger (don't ask me why, it just came to me). He is only 70 lb but he is brand new:) Very nice rebound. Now on to the forge (does any one know anything about a refractory mortar called siarset?).

you lucky bugger! i STILL don't have a true anvil. I'm using railroad track and it's good but it's not totally flat everywhere. I need to mill it down.... It's really easy to make your own refractory cement. I did for my current forge and it works great.

the only reason I asked about the sairset is because I have 150 lb of it some one gave me. I'm just curious if it is going to keep flaking or something (I would like to build a gas forge which means it is going to need to cover the thing 360). The stuff is covered with warnings (its going to be a rebreather, long sleave and gloves kind of job), but it is rated at 3000 degrees. How did you make yours? I've seen instructions before, just curious what route you went.

also, I was working a little with a piece of track and a small gas torch. The problem I had with the railroad track was the lack of spring the metal has (I got spoiled in my class). The problem with the little map gas and oxygen torch is that the oxygen only last 10 minutes and I can't really get any thing done (plus its costing me too much:(

Well, if you've got it, try it! at a 3000 degree rating that should hold up fine, but the flaking i couldn't really tell you about. If you've got enough of the stuff you can just patch it up if you poke it too hard.

Oh, and what i did for my forge/foundry is I took an old ashcan, and punched a hole in the side near the bottom for the burner, and then i took a pipe and put it through to mold a hole in the cement. THen i packed the cement in the bucket around a piece of chiminey piping and then let it set. I then pulled the pipe and tube out and what was left was my forge. It's a little limiting in size and i'm gonna be moving over to a small charcoal forge soon but it works.

Sorry, I myspace too much:)


here's a rose I made a while back from out of copper and iron.

copper rose.jpg

all right! That one is really cool! I don't have quite enough copper/brass sheet to make something like that, but man, would i love to. how did you attach the petals to the stem? standard peening deal?

Yeah, they're all connected by a tenon that passes through the bottom of each layer of petals. I just mushroomed the end to rivet them down. To eliminate any looseness in the petals, I put a little bit of epoxy between each layer. The leaf, which you can only barely see in the photo, consists of copper leaves soldered to a brass leaf stem. The copper I used for it was just some old roof flashing.

Just finished this Rail Road Spike Axe.

Sorry, I forgot the picture.


Nice job! I've been working on a few of those myself, and the hardest bit is slitting the hole. The nifty thing about spikes though, is that you can punch the hole near the spike head, and then form the blade to the other side of the hole. then you can harden both and use the spike head as a hammer poll. I just bought a tomahawk drift to use and i'm gonna be making some more of these as well as handles and such.

To make the hole, I just used another RR spike and hammered it through. I guess I didn't really punch it, but I cut the hole.

I went and finished one of mine today with my new tomahawk drift! (still waiting on handles) It got drifted a tad strange but it still looks cool. It's definately a skullbasher, alright.


When i saw that on Don Fogg's forum, i thought you mean drifting as in "going sideways in a car" at first...

This thing is gonna kick so much ass once i get it out to the throwing range tomorrow, even if the handle makes the little piercing head look a tad small.


That handle is much nicer than mine. Looks great.

bet you a dollar it's not. It is (or was, now...) made of ash with a bad bad grain pattern. It snapped on the third throw at our standard stack o' logs target. I'm never buying any handle woods other than hickory now. I'm lucky i bought five of them but i'm not expecting much from them.

I had trouble making a good attachment, yours has the taper towards the end to keep it on, but my eye was too thin and if i used that type of design for my handle, it probably would snap. So I had to make do with pounding some nails into the top and I am sure that if i swung it with any reasonable amount of force, it would dome off. But it has lasted so far. (Not that I have been doing any heavy duty work with it though.)

That is where I got the inspiration for my axe/hatchet! Anvilfire is a great site!

I turned my handle on a lathe, not the best handle though. Your's looks really nice!

And i would like an instructable on the one with the watch! that's a nice style knife. I will put up a burner instructable in the near(ish) future, as well.


I'll do an instructable on the persian slicer after i do hte instructable on san-mai steel and a straight razor. I'm thinking og doing the san-mai in a few weeks.

awesome. Just what i needed. I want to start shaving with a straight razor rrl rrl bad. ...manly!

I cocked up hte hollow grind :'( PAH! I WILL NOT ENTERTAIN THE NOTION OF FAILURE Now..where can i get some 440-C

This is my newest knife. I call it my Opi-puukko. The blade (from an old file) was inspired by the finnish puuko, while the handle i outlined from a look at my daily carry folder, a french opinel No. 2 or 3. It has a brass spacer and the wood is poplar. I also am going to make a sheath of the same wood to compliment this one, so stay tuned.


Newest knife! the 'Bearclaw!'


I really have to tell the truth on this one, My forge is zinc contaminated at the mo, and i needed to satisfy my fix so i found a really really cool site that sells blanks.

You need to fix that, and sharpish, even if it means stripping the refractory and starting again. 'Cos then you'll be albe to work again _

Yeah, I'm thinking we'll build another small coal forge and try that out again... I do need to strip the refractory just to be safe about it. I'd prefer to be a few bucks short than dead from heavy metal poisoning.

Brass has zinc? I had no idea. I got mine from a galvanized (stupid stupid stupid 'bibble) part on the forge. It got hot and it dripped the entirety of its zinc coating into the direct middle of my forge.

I've accidentally melted brass in my forge on a couple of occasions, and the zinc has never given me much of a problem. I just crank up the air and head upwind until those pretty blue flames of death go away. I don't know if forge welding would still have been impossible, as I didn't do any on the days the brass was melted. I've forge welded since then, but I clean out my forge regularly anyway. Oh, and just so you know, abbabibble2, brass is commonly around 70% copper and 30% zinc.

I might scrape it out and clean it. Alternatively, i might chuck the entire thing and make a new one.

Northcoastknives.com the greatest thing is they encourage the modification of the blades they sell, and they have some really pretty handle woods and a lot of stuff to get you started.

Nice! i normally get blanks from my friend but this should rock!

I've got a new awesome tomahawk i made! Please comment, tell me what you think.


It's done with a piece of high carbon steel plate and a fancy douglas hammer handle that i had lying about. This one was mostly ground out and very little hammerwork was put into it, but it still ended up looking really cool.

Cool. A nice easy project for beginners then. I considered forge-welding an axe head a few months ago, but decided not to because A: My welding's still haphazard, to say the least. 2: With my tiny little forge-in-a-brick, there's no way i could have folded and welded that much bar.

yeah... my forge isn't hot enough to forge weld, unfortunately, and my newest one got zinc contamination by accident. I need to build one capable of forgewelding badly.

I made 2 small welded steel billets in mine, but it really needs to be hotter. There's no way it could deal with folding a bar over to make a tomahawk head, though.