Category Archives: WIP

Work in progress

Current WIP

Spent today using the lathe to make some fittings for one of the forged knives I’m working on.  I’m getting to the point where I am happy with my ability to use the metal lathe and Milling machine.  I thought … Continue reading

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The road to a JS stamp

One of the things I have dedicated time to is the process of getting my ABS Journeyman Smith rating.  Part of the process for that entails putting a forged blade through a series of performance tests in front of a … Continue reading

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Of progress and photo “development”

The last 3 weeks I have been working on filling an order and finishing out a couple of kitchen knives that were started at the end of last year.  Porgress was slowed due to the snow storm but I did … Continue reading

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New Forge Progress

In the last post the plan was to line the forge with 2 layers of blanket and then cast an interior liner. In order to do that I needed to make a form for the inside cavity. Once that was … Continue reading

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A tale of two forges

(edit: I remembered the casting refractory wrong it is Kast-O-Lite 30) A long time ago in a galaxy far way… Nope wait not quite accurate .. Ahem.. A number of years ago at a rental not far from here, I … Continue reading

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Full Set of Kitchen Prototypes at Last

You may have noticed in some of the previous photos a kitchen knife with a red handle.  This was one of a couple kitchen knives I made out of some 1/8 inch thick 154-CM.  I liked them well enough but … Continue reading

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Never Would Have Guessed

If you had told me even a year ago my daughter would be the young woman she is today, I would not have believed it.   She has done remarkable things and learned much about who she is and who … Continue reading

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And Now For Something Different

The latest knives for me to share are from my first attempt at using S35-VN stainless.  I had a failure of the method I was using to prevent the blades from scaling in the heat treat.  They came out looking … Continue reading

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Can of Whoop-Etch

One of the things I need to work with stainless steel is a way to mark the blades, since my tang stamp is not really appropriate for stainless.   One of the standard methods of marking stainless is electro-etching.  There are … Continue reading

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Quick update

I’ve been a bit busy lately working on process stuff, which is why there haven’t been any updates here the last week. There are a number of things going on that I will post about soon, including: I am collecting … Continue reading

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