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 Post subject: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 1:34 pm 

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Keep in mind, I've spent a total of about 4 separate days and at the Forge and probably a total of 20-24 hrs. I have a long way to go and got ambitious, but considering my lack of experience I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I did burn a small hole in the top of the blade toward the front, but oh well. This was all done in a coal fired forge using an anvil and assorted hammers, no power hammer. I have a long way to go on hammer control but I did get a taper on the blade. At this point, I'm trying to decide if I want to leave it as-is and just finish forming the bevel, harden, and sharpen or if I want to take it to the belt sander and clean up the grind, bevel, and give it more of a tip. If you couldn't tell, this was made from an old railroad spike. Let me know what you think, and please, be honest. I will try and get some better pics after I get it cleaned up some more.
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 Post subject: Re: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:49 pm 

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Location: Norwich, England
First attempt looks good dude. Keep us updated look forward to seeing subsequent attempts.


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 Post subject: Re: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:02 pm 
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Location: north carolina
really good for your first one keep it up!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:24 pm 

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I'm just impressed with the attempt. Did you build the forge?


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 Post subject: Re: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 2:51 am 

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Thanks y'all. Think I'm going to leave it as is and finish the bevel then temper it. I did not build the forge. It is part of a local museum and I help volunteer and in turn get free practice and forge time.


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 Post subject: Re: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:06 am 
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Location: Kentucky
So....what do you charge for a spike knife? Might make a cool piece for the collection! :D



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 Post subject: Re: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:32 pm 

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I have no clue Jeff. I'm still learning and it would be far from perfect. Let me see if I can snag another spike and get it hammered out and see what you think.


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 Post subject: Re: Forged My First Blade...
PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:42 pm 
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Too cool...



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