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My first forged knife

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Ok fellow smiths. Here is my first forged knife. It’s from an old willys Jeep leaf spring (so I’m assuming it’s 5160). Took me quite a while to get it to this point as when I first started I had WAAAAYYYY too much material for the design I had. I ended up cutting a bunch off and re forging my edge. Once I was down to the correct amount of material I was able to get it down to the correct feeling and balance. Next time I make this design I will make the handle shorter so it has a more controlled feel. Next will be to do the heat treatment process and make a sheath! Hope you enjoy!

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Well dang! Very nicely done. To get that close to the original design isn't easy. Love the shape, style, and wishing you the best in heat treatment! Better post the final with sheath when you finish up.

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What Austin said!  Welcome aboard.

Being as old as it is, I wouldn't assume the spring is 5160, though.  It might be, or it might be 9260, 1075, or even 1095.  Or something else...

Test a piece and see how it does in warm oil before you do the blade.  

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Thanks Alan! I will definitely test a piece. Thanks a lot guys I’m pretty proud of it so far. Balance point sits perfectly on the forefinger. 

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Nice work :)

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I like the way that you took a simple design and made it fancy.  Good work.  Now make another.

 

Doug

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Thank you for all the kind words gentlemen!! I will update this post as I progress with the project!!

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If only my first looked like that.  Nice job.  Like the design too.   A little difficult to grasp the scale, but looks like It'd be a good neck knife, if that''s what your're aiming for.     Don't forget to normalize...

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Nice work

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you might want to make sure that little bit is rounded a little in the ring it looks on the sharp side and as a maker who tends to twirl knives by there ring i would hate to take a chunk of my finger off wile playing around i mean its not a butterfly knife :lol:Inked7164129D-D327-4347-A68E-02D09021574A.thumb.jpeg.56b72c95a3d147de62e8051845ba775a_LI.jpg

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Yes that is on the to do list. It is really sharp and I almost did take a chunk out of my finger. I’ll go in with my dremel and round it off.

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