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It is Christmas day here in Norway today - so I've spent the past three days forgings this little thing for my wife as a Christmas present. It is a dinner fork - from Ferrier's rasps and 15n20 steel. It was nerve wrecking to start forging the curves after having done so many hours of filework... I wanted to do more, but this is all I had time for. Finished 3AM on Christmas eve... Alright, Happy Holidays people, and have a good one! Sincerely, Alveprins.
I've been working with a chefs knife for a while now, and for some inconceivable reason it was to be an integral. More on that and it's farrier rasp / wrought wagon axle makeup and why I cut the tip off later. The plan is to make a set with knife for carving dried ham and sausages, a fork and maybe I'll throw in a small knife for carving hard-to-reach places on a sheeps leg. The fork is also to be made of wagon axle. This test had a rather large flaw in one tine, so it split and I had to cut it. But I'm not happy with how this rather traditional and self-given shape harmonizes with the shape of the knife. I'm thinking maybe I have to tighten up the lines a bit like the sketch in the next picture, but then I'm not sure how to forge it? It's not the easiest place to upset. It's an easy shape to make before I split the stock down the middle, but I think it'll be hard to keep it nice as I radius the web between the tines. Weld on tines could be done, but there's risk and since it's going to be etched I'd rather have a natural flow of grain. The plan is to rough bend and flatten the one I have and grind and file to refine the shape, but it'll cut the grain. Other fork suggestions?
I made this set for an Australian client,it will be complete once I've done the ten matching steak knives...all out of 3CR12 stainless steel which I hate working with.the next time I'll do in damascus The oal of both is 13 inch and the blade is 7 1/2 at the bolster, spine is .177 inch. My usual filework that I've done for the past 14 years. Salt water etching (ikisu) Swahilli for the knife. All in all quite a solid package! thanks for looking