Sunday 26 March 2023

Spring knife

I started the blacksmithing course to make hinges, but blacksmithing had different ideas. I was in the process of making more ramsheads and Tobias said, "Would you like to make a knife?". Oh, go on then.

A short length of vehicle coil spring, and a few hours later.

The blademaking is a process of heating to the right colour and cooling in different ways to achieve the correct degree of hardness. Softening it to work the edge, then hardening and then tempering that hardness. You don't want a blade that is too brittle.

This piece of spalted beech has been sitting around in the workshop, waiting for a purpose. It's time has come!

 Handled, then sheathed.

Burnished with my favourite stone.

Oiled with walnut oil.

It's definitely not a hinge. 

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