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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. 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.
  2. Here's a video of my test cut with cherry burl. https://youtu.be/XTEUK3JsUUM
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Just finished up this little edc sized cleaver. 1080 steel and Blue dyed Curly maple.
  7. Just recently finished up. Handforged 1080 blade @61 RC Stabilized and dyed curly maple, with copper bolsters.
  8. Maybe so, I'm not sure. I do know it's good and sharp. I've never done or used a gut hook before, so I pulled up pictures of other knives with em, and went from those. The fellow getting it is a local friend, and after he uses it, he'll report back to me, and if needed I'll make adjustments to his knife.
  9. Just finished, Skinner/Utility with gut hook. Handforged 1084 blade, with 500 grit working finish. Blued steel bolster w/ red spacers. Whitetail handle (customer provided, from his own hunting). OAL- 9" Blade - 4.25"
  10. Yeah, the customer said when I first talked to him about the knife that he'd likely never use it, but I just can't let it out of my shop when I know I can do it better. A forge welded edge of 1084 will address the issue well I believe. That's a good idea. I'm planning on cutting some pieces of the same mild steel, and quenching in different mediums, etc, and testing them. I'll try to make sure I test hardness at varying depths also. Will report back when I have more results.
  11. As an addendum. I will be moving forward with this blade by forge welding some 1084 to the tine for the edge.
  12. Did a little testing recently with the magical elixer known as "SuperQuench". I hope to do some more in the future, and get some better data, but I thought I'd share what I had so far. Thus came about because I'm trying to make a knife for a customer out of a tiller tine he supplied (he gave me a box full of em). He specifically requested I use the tiller tine, and the deer antler he supplied, that way it's all from stuff that was his. After failing to get the tiller tine hardness above 44ish Rockwell with water quenching(I have access to a tester at work). I decided to try the enigmatic superquench. Here are my results. Tiller tine, raw, untouched, etc. = 44 - 46 Rc. Tiller tine quenched in water = 44 HRc Tiller tine in SuperQuench = 48-50 HRc Mild steel (alloy unknown). As is hotrolled. = 3 HRc. Same mild steel, in SuperQuench = 42-43 HRc.
  13. It's Ironwood of some variety. I have a large block of it that I was given several years ago. Looks very nice.
  14. Most recent knife. Custom chefs knife. 1080 steel, 60 Rockwell. Ironwood scales, bronze bolsters, and SS pins.
  15. Just finished this one recently, as a wedding present for some friends getting married. went with a rustic, frontier inspired style, with a bit of a tip hump, reminiscent of a nussmuk look. 1080 blade, with linen micarta scales, peened copper bolsters, and mosaic bolsters.
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