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Several years back a acquired some salvaged leaf springs off a retired U.S.Army 5-ton truck. These beasts are 3/8" thick and 5" wide! My stash has been whittled down over the years to my last chunk, which I forged into this blade.

OAL: 14"

blade: 9"

handle: 5" with quilted maple scales stained with aqua fortis and finished with linseed oil.

 

I was going to square-off the blade like you see in many cleavers but a little bird(my 8 year old daughter)kept saying that it needed a pointed tip.

I forged 25 knives from those springs and now it is time to try some different steel. Thanks for looking!

 

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Nice! Good shape and I love the handle slabs.

 

Geoff

"The worst day smithing is better than the best day working for someone else."

 

I said that.

 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.

- - -G. K. Chesterton

 

So, just for the record: the fact that it does work still should not be taken as definitive proof that you are not crazy.

 

Grant Sarver

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Whew! In a word, that is aggressive. Love the wood and what you did with it.

I have always thought that one man of tolerable abilities may work great changes, and accomplish great affairs among mankind, if he first forms a good plan....

- Benjamin Franklin

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Troy,

This one looks very familiar but with a different grip and a hanging hole. :D

I have a great name for this knife "WOW" because that is what I hear everytime I show mine to someone.

Troy does a fantastic job on this style not only is it good looking, the heat treatment doesn't get any better. I actually split a hair with mine. Another great piece, Troy.

 

Wade

Wade

Jos et löydä rauhaa itsestämme on turhaa etsiä sitä muualta.

If you can not find peace within yourself, it is useless to look elsewhere.

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Niiiice. And your little'un was right about the pointed tip - it looks good!

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"Geometry says how sharp, steel says how long." - Roman Landes, Ashokan 2009

 

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

 

- George Orwell

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Now you just gotta go to the bulk store and buy a

pork loin to test it on.....When's dinner...?? ^_^

Nice job.......

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                                                                                                        git the hell outta the way of people who do stuff   !!!

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And I will show you a good man to listen to ......

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and I will show you an egotistical asshole...............!!

 

                             

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Thanks for all the kind comments Gents. Your mentioning my daughter's insight made her day and she says she hopes "Santa is as nice to you as you are to her." Cliff, I tested the blade on a stew I made from venison and root vegetables a few days ago and it performed very well! Thanks again guys, you are all welcome over anytime for dinner if you are in my neck of the woods!

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Troy Allen Christianson is NOT a "Licensed Bladesmith" so you may treat his posts with the contempt they deserve.

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Thats one wicked cleaver Troy! Your "little bird" has a good eye for creativity! I love the clip on this one, quite unique and the scales really set it off. If dinner is as good as this blade I may have to take you up on offer sometime.

"Work is the curse of the drinking class...." (Wilde)

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Niiiice. And your little'un was right about the pointed tip - it looks good!

The offspring of an illicit affair between a cleaver and a bowie... I love it.

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