View Full Version : Cable and the Press

Greg Covington
08-01-2004, 12:40 PM
Here are some pics of a knife that I just finished. The blade is forged from 3/4" cable that a railroad friend gives me from the scrapyard. The cable has to be taken down as the center strand has a thin piece of red plastic strip running along it. Interesting in the mix there is one wire that is different than the rest. I stacked four pieces into a bundle...welded, and cut the end off the billet and there were four bright dots at the end.

I was not satisfied with the billet size after the draw so I folded it once....hence eight separate bright wires running thru the billet.

Towards the end of the first draw, I worked the billet over well with a 3.5 lb hammer, on three separate heats. This was to insure that it would close up nice (Ron Claiborne can elaborate on this). Also, I used anhydrous borax on the billet and gave it a longer soak because of all the grease that was present in the cable.

It welded superbly and the resulting blade hardened nicely....cuts very well too. The blade measures 7.5" and is a meaty 5/16" at the spine. The grip is black palm.

Here are the pics:

08-01-2004, 01:59 PM
That's very nice Greg! The brighter dots are probably some sort of nickel alloy. I'll have to give this a try. I haven't been a big "cable" type up until now, but this has peaked my interest. Thanks for showing this.

08-01-2004, 06:35 PM
That made a very pretty pattern. Nice knife also. Good work!!!

Lawrence Kemp
08-02-2004, 09:14 AM
Nice pattern Greg. Nice knife too.