KPeacock Posted January 10, 2012 Share Posted January 10, 2012 My path to bladesmithing started a few years ago with a quest to make a very good friend of mine a damascus hunting knife. After building a few forges, some tools, finding an anvil, and all of the other stuff that goes into learning to be a beginner I made a few knives. they were more test pieces than decent knives, but that got me a point where i was confident in my welds and I made my first damascus hunting knife. I gave that knife to my friend on his wedding day and he was very appreciative. A year later his brother, also a very dear friend, was to be married. When discussing the wedding he made it known that as the older brother, he thought a fitting gift would be a larger knife. Specifically a sword. I started making a stock reduction 38" long blade that was very angular and looked very much like the broadswords of children's stories. As it was progressing, it just didn't seem right to make something like this without forging. So, I talked to my friend and we decided that it was indeed better to have something that looked more dated. something along the lines of a bastard sword, but not quite. Anyways, I started forging and I was much happier with the hammered finish look. The guard was forged kinda close-ish to shape, then filed to get it to look decent to the eye. I then hammer finished it to match the blade. The pommel was similarly finished. The wood in he grip is Bubinga. A family member refinishes private jet interiors and this was pulled out of a jet that was being refitted with a new updated interior. This particular jet belongs to Michael Jordan of all people. It's not a rich history of battlefield glory, but it gives the blade a bit more than just some random wood I found in a lumberyard. Firstly, I can not believe how difficult it is to keep long straight lines when forging. I am much more impressed with the swords i have seen on here after making one myself. Secondly, I am disappointed with the final result as there is a very slight warp in one section from the quench that i was unable to straighten out. The blade is also not symmetrical in outline. I hadn't the time to reforge and requench it. The new owner claims he likes it as is due to the appearance of distress. I know that it is not what i intended it to be, but it's literally out of my hands now. I'm also not crazy about the look of the wood with the antiqued steel. I sandblasted the scale off of the steel, then antiqued with gun bluing and bleach. I am happy with the patina that developed, but the relative brightness of the wood and brass rivets just doesn't seem to fit well to my eye. I've recently been blessed with a son, so my time is very limited and i know it will be a long time before i attempt another sword, but i am happy that i had the opportunity to make this one. overall, i am okay with the result, but not terribly proud of it. I learned many lessons while working on this, and for that i am grateful. I feel as though small EDC and hunting knives will seem relatively easy to make now. Please share any criticisms you have. I intend to learn as much as i can from my errors on this project. Thanks, Kris Have you ever thought about the life of steel? It's interesting to think that you can control the fate of a piece of metal. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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