MEMBER ITEMS FOR SALE
Custom Knives | Other Knives | General Items
-------------------------------------------
New Posts | New PhotosAll Photos



Go Back   The Knife Network Forums : Knife Making Discussions > Custom Knife Discussion Boards > Knife Making Discussions > The Newbies Arena

The Newbies Arena Are you new to knife making? Here is all the help you will need.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-03-2018, 03:26 PM
AllanBeasley AllanBeasley is offline
Steel Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Roswell, Georgia
Posts: 131
I let a newb loose with a railroad spike



So a friend of mine came over yesterday to bring me an extremely miniature horizontal cross pein hammer and anvil. I promised him something cool in return so I let him go to town on MY anvil instead of the guest anvil with a railroad spike just to smash some steel. He got a pretty large flat piece of steel and decided he wanted to turn it into a knife. Better than the one his son made just to mess with him. It turns out he made a wonderful shape out of the slab he'd smashed out and all I had to do was show him how to form the fingerwell on the tang. He has the magic touch and I could feel the concrete floor vibrate off every hammer blow. After he finished the raw form he set up the edge how he liked it and he cut the head of the spike off so we could put scales on it. I used something spalted my dad stabilized ages ago and I did the glueup and he cut the scales to fit, cut the pins and softened the edges, I drilled the holes which was a nightmare, I found a confusing hard spot none of my drill bits would touch. I had to use a screwdriver as an impromptu punch to make it happen. He did the grinding on the handle after I showed him what to do on it, did the hand sanding and I oiled the wood and made the kydex sheath. I figured I'd show what a man did on his first time forging or making a knife with minimal guidance. And yes, I DID make sure to explain to him the non-hardenable nature of the spike BEFORE he committed to making a knife out of it.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-04-2018, 09:19 AM
Ray Rogers's Avatar
Ray Rogers Ray Rogers is offline
Founding Member / Moderator
 
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Wauconda, WA
Posts: 9,748
Not bad at all for a first knife, better looking than most. As for those hard spots, if you want to drill something as hard as a knife blade then you want a straight flute carbide drill ....


__________________

Your question may already have been answered - try the Search button first!






Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-04-2018, 01:36 PM
AllanBeasley AllanBeasley is offline
Steel Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Roswell, Georgia
Posts: 131
GOTCHA. I'll look for some of those. I thought I had it handled but I'm still at one weird spot destroying several drill bits on its way out.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-04-2018, 06:55 PM
Bob Hatfield Bob Hatfield is offline
Steel Addict
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Northern CA.
Posts: 108
I have a funny feeling he will be over to your shop a few more times in the future for lessons. You may have hooked him on making knives as a fun time hobby.


__________________
RELH
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-05-2018, 05:21 AM
AllanBeasley AllanBeasley is offline
Steel Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Roswell, Georgia
Posts: 131
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Hatfield View Post
I have a funny feeling he will be over to your shop a few more times in the future for lessons. You may have hooked him on making knives as a fun time hobby.
I REALLY hope so. I've been throwing lines out there looking for people within driving distance to get hooked. We all know once someone's hooked they're GONNA buy a shop and get their own thing going on.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-07-2018, 08:17 AM
dtec1 dtec1 is offline
Guru
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: putnam county NY ....about 45 mins north of new york city
Posts: 1,447
HAHA! allan its seems you may have snagged us another one!!!!! GOOD JOB..... for the straight flute bits ray suggested go to the link below this site was recamended to me from ray a while back I get 90% of my tooling drill bits reamers end mill band saw blade I could go on and on they got a lot of good stuff

www.mscdirect.com
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-08-2018, 11:16 PM
AllanBeasley AllanBeasley is offline
Steel Addict
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Roswell, Georgia
Posts: 131
Quote:
Originally Posted by dtec1 View Post
HAHA! allan its seems you may have snagged us another one!!!!! GOOD JOB..... for the straight flute bits ray suggested go to the link below this site was recamended to me from ray a while back I get 90% of my tooling drill bits reamers end mill band saw blade I could go on and on they got a lot of good stuff

www.mscdirect.com
Believe me I trust his judgment. I was just far more impressed that my guy made that on his first time using a forge. EVER.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
550, a, anvil, blade, ca, edge, forging, grinding, hammer, handle, how to, knife, kydex, kydex sheath, made, make, making, man, pins, railroad spike, scales, sheath, steel, tang, wood


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Railroad spike knife hellize Knives For Sale - Custom 1 08-05-2012 11:48 PM
heat treating a railroad spike Radeo Heat Treating and Metallurgy 6 01-31-2011 11:06 PM
Railroad Spike Knife chuckj6 The Outpost 15 10-26-2004 02:47 PM
2 new Damascus Railroad Spike knives J. Neilson Knives For Sale - Custom 3 02-28-2004 06:04 AM
worlds smallest railroad spike knife jdlange The Outpost 7 03-18-2003 05:05 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:56 AM.




KNIFENETWORK.COM
Copyright © 2000
? CKK Industries, Inc. ? All Rights Reserved
Powered by ...

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
The Knife Network : All Rights Reserved