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Stephen Stumbo

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About Stephen Stumbo

  • Birthday 10/01/1993

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    Near Gastonia North Carolina
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    Bladesmithing, blacksmithing, welding.

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  1. It comes all the way down to an edge but its a rather steep angle, so it's not what I would term "sharp" (You would have to try to cut yourself with it). The customer is going to look it over before he uses it in the field, and let me know if wants anything changed or adjusted (He's done this hunting before, so he knows what he wants in the knife. I however, will stick to distance hunting, lol).
  2. Here's the best closeup I have. It did take away from the figuring somewhat, in the stippled area. But I chose a somewhat less figured block I had for that reason. I certainly wouldn't suggest it on a $70 block of gorgeous Koa. But on a nice looking block of stabilized maple, that errs towards the plain side, it makes it a bit more visually interesting, as well as giving a very nice addition to grip retention.
  3. Just finished up and delivered this Hog Hunter knife. 8" blade, long enough to pierce vitals, and a full length semi sharpened back edge to assist with piercing the thick hide. (Customer is providing the brass balls needed to take on a wild hog that up close and personal). Blade is handforged 80Crv2, with an electro-etched boars head on the polished bevel. Handle is stabilized maple, with a blued steel guard, and red fiber spacers. I stippled a portion of the handle for extra grip, and added a lanyard tube/lanyard for knife retention.
  4. Thank you all, this one held a lot of unbroken ground for me, including my first time "dry welding" the San-Mai. And overall I'm extremely pleased with the resulting knife. As to the comments on the photography. I wish I could take the credit. As I felt this is the best knife I've done this far, I wanted to really show it well. So I asked a friend who's into photography to come over with his lighting, and photo box, to help me get some good shots. He taught me a lot, and now I have a shopping list, so hopefully I can get some good shots of my next project.
  5. Just finished up this San-Mai Cleaver. Wagon Wheel Wrought iron and 80Crv2 blade. Desert Ironwood handle w/ SS hardware.
  6. Oh yes. I made sure everyone who received one for Christmas (these were all gifts) knew that I'd slap em if they got near a dishwasher. Lol
  7. Batch of German style chef's knives. All made from 80Crv2 First one has Stabilized Walnut handles. Second has my special hybrid wood, made from cherry burl + orange and blue resins. Third is standard hybridwood with buckeye Burl, and blue resin. Fourth is same as above, but with purple resin. Edited to add : pictures did not load in order, lol.
  8. Update: cuts very nicely. VID_20191219_152942~2.mp4
  9. I have available two pieces of my new style of hybridwood. 1 piece has been milled and backfilled with resin in an abstract hexagonal shape. The other has been milled and backfilled into a classic bowtie shape. The green hex piece is Stabilized Cherry Burl. $45 - Shipped (conus). The Bowtie piece is *unstabilized* zebrawood. $35 - Shipped. I also have a attached a picture of my first test piece finished out on a knife handle, as an example of how it'll look.
  10. Good insight, thank you Jake. I'll post back here when the wood gets here from Russia, and I have a chance to try cutting it.
  11. Here's a video of my test cut with cherry burl. https://youtu.be/XTEUK3JsUUM
  12. I'm doing a custom knife handle blank for someone, that will require milling some of the wood out with a cnc mill (I'll post pictures when I do it, hard to explain with just words). I have done a test run with Stabilized cherry burl, and it cut beautifully. I was able to take .200" deep passes, and the endmill zipped right through. But how will the hardness of the customers bog oak compare to Stabilized burl? I've never used or even touched bog wood before.
  13. Sorry, I was in the middle of re-editing it to correct the pictures, when the 2 yr old needed help with his play-doh
  14. After my last, blue maple handled edc cleaver, I had a custom order for a very similar one, but with a maple burl handle. Here's a few pics of it all finished up. I'm a big fan of these dangler sheaths for smaller edc blades; but on this one I made a modification, and used a snap instead of a rivet on the loop. Allowing it to be used as a dangler, or standard belt sheath.
  15. Just finished up this little edc sized cleaver. 1080 steel and Blue dyed Curly maple.
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