Knives Out Of A Railroad Spike And A Half Horseshoe

in #metalworkinglast year (edited)

So, today I took a class on knife-making. I made two knives throughout the whole day. Both of the knives started out as plain pieces of metal, one was a railroad spike and the other was a horseshoe cut in half.

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I made the horseshoe knife first. I heated up the horseshoe half in a gas forge first, then straightened it out. Next I started on the blade. It went in and out of the forge several times before the blade was shaped the way I wanted it. I had the most trouble getting the tip pointed. I finished shaping the rest of the little things on the knife. Now it was time to sand, buff, and polish my unfinished knife.

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The railroad spike knife was a little more complicated as it had a twist. To put the twist in I heated up the knife and clamped the blade in place while I used a special tool to grip the top of the spike and twist. Right after I made the spiral I bent the handle slightly. I made the blade first before twisting the handle.

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Hey I like the look of both of these knives. The horseshoe blade has a really nice appealing curve to it, and the twist in the handle of the railroad spike looks cool. That is pretty awesome that you are getting hands on experience in something like this. Keep it up :) Cheers - Carl

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Very beautiful knives @cassidydawn! I am looking forward to seeing more of your creations!

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wow these are really impressive. You should use the creativecoin Tag when you post about your creations. I look forward to seeing more xx

I am almost as excited as you about your new monthly class at the forge @cassidydawn!!! @riverflows I told her she should enter this post into the contest you told me about. Great post!

Now that’s a useful skill! I love the twisty one, how does that feel in hand?