Gary Mulkey Posted August 10, 2018 Share Posted August 10, 2018 (edited) Per recent requests, here's a WIP on how I make what I call my field grade working knives. I normally will work on several of these at the same time. This group will be 4-6" drop point & clip point hunters with wooden handles. I am making these from some small left over damascus billets. Often as I build a large Bowie I will have a piece of the damascus billet left which won't make another large knife but is large enough for a small hunter and that's what these will be made from. Once I have the billet to the approximate width & thickness needed, the first forging step is to point the billet. For this I will use a four lb. sledge even though I don't have quite as much control over it as I do with my normal 2 lb. cross peen just to save time as exact dimensions aren't critical at this point. As I work alone it is difficult to get photos of the actual forging but this piece which is in the forge shows how I have pointed the end. It's important to remember to strike each corner of the end of the billet on a 45 degree angle back towards yourself in order to create a point and not a bird's mouth. While pointing a blade, I usually will hold the end of the billet even with the far edge of my anvil so the hammer never strikes the anvil face. Remember that as you forge the blade to shape that you need to leave it extra thick and not to forge to exact dimensions. This is because the outside of the blade steel will lose carbon while being forged and you need to have enough material left to grind this outside layer off in order to get down to the high carbon content that you started with. Here are three of the blades after being normalized. This is a critical process to making quality blades and should be done three times on each of them. ( I won't explain the process unless anyone has questions.) Removing the forging scale with an angle grinder. (Scale is extremely hard and will ruin your belts quickly if not removed.) It's now 96 degrees outside so I'm stopping for the day. I'll try to keep you updated as I progress with these hunters. Edited August 10, 2018 by Gary Mulkey 2 Gary ABS,CKCA,ABKA,KGA Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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