Well, sort of. I was going through a drawer full of old knives, and thought I’d post some pics of them. Maybe some of my readers need a laugh or something….
This group here (except the little one on the left) were all made about 10 years ago, and were supposed to be for my future wife. Well, I’m still single, and my knife making skills are much better now, so I need to start a new set. These are going in the trash. Look at the hollow grind on the knife on the right. Horrible! Even Pakistani sweatshops turn out better stuff than that. LOL They’re all stainless steel, heat treated in our fireplace, since I didn’t have a proper oven at the time. Before I trash them, I’m going to test the hardness and see if I got anywhere close with the heat treat. I’ll be sure to share the results here. 😀
The knife on the left was one I made in 2003 or 2004. My grandfather bought it or traded it from me. When he passed away in 2007, it made it’s way back to me.
The next one is the second blade I forged, back in the fall of 2004. I used a small coal forge I bought off of fleabay. Now I use propane. Prior to this, all my blades were made via the stock removal method. (grinding)
The next one is my first attempt at a Japanese short sword. (wakizashi) It’s pretty sad too. Sharp, though.
The next one is the knife I used to pass the ABS Journeyman Smith performance test, in 2007. The test involves cutting free hanging 1″ hemp rope, then chopping through a 2X4 twice, then it has to still be sharp enough to shave hair. Then it’s put in a vise and bent 90 degrees. If it doesn’t break, you pass. I passed, but they give you 3 years to take 5 completed knives to the Blade show in Atlanta for judging, and I never got around to it, so I’ll have to re-take the test.
I have some video clips of the tests. I might upload them to my youtube account one of these days…
The next knife is like the first, but with uglier handle material.
The last one in this group is a filet knife I made. Today I bent it to demonstrate that it wasn’t hardened properly. 🙂
I’ll be tossing half of these.
In this group, the bottom knife is the first damascus fixed blade I made. Probably in 2006 or 2007.
Middle one is the first blade I forged.
Top knife is nothing special. Interesting damascus pattern though.