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Alright, so I've finally finished the latest knife... I've named it Járn Haukr - Iron Hawk - with it's handle shaped like that of the body of a bird - with a nice fat chest for good grip. The blade is in bog iron from old tools made by the workers in the Silver Mines of Kongsberg city in Norway. This makes out the body. The edge steel itself is folded and twisted saw-blade steel from an old wood mill and 15n20 for contrast. The edge steel hardened nicely, and ended up at 58 HRC. The handle is in a solid piece of stabilized maple, with brass and vulcanized fiber spacers with a nice piece of mirror polished copper for the bolster. This knife was made extra large and thick in order to accomodate the oversized hands of it's owners, so I took inspiration from some of the more American Bowie style sheaths I've seen on this forum - and made a massive sheath as well. The sheath is 5 layers of leather, died in a deep dark red with brown borders. The iron has some cracks in it - but this is the best I was able to do with the material at hand. If I had more - I suppose I could have kept refining 3-4 kg. down to something a bit more useful. I feel however - that from a historical perspective - it is quite fitting like this. It will be handed over to it's new owner this afternoon. As always, any critique and comments are more than welcome. Sincerely, Alveprins.
Hi guys, I'm currently working on a project involving using old tools from a silver mine. The age of these tools could be everything from 400 - 100 years old. I don't know which period these specific tools are from. Beneath you see a picture of the tools in their current condition: The piece of iron I've used - is from the long bar underneath the chisel. When forged out and ground down - it looks like this: I see it has lots and lots of cracks like this. Is this something that is normal for this kind of iron? Or should I try to draw it out and forge weld over and over again fluxing like a maniac trying to make it nice and crack-free? Any input on how to handle this kind of iron is extremely welcome. Sincerely, Alveprins.