Now that I’m no longer the president of Pumping Station: One I can legitimately shirk responsibility and do fun projects at the space. This weekend, knife making!
The top one was ground from a blank of O1 tool steel and heat treated. It’s sitting on a blank of oak that’s going to become its handle. I meant to bend it to make a spoon carving knife but I forgot to do that before heat treating, so instead of fixing this one I’ll just make another and fix a few more mistakes along the way.
The bottom one was forged from a railroad spike, formed on a grinding wheel and finished / sharpened at the belt sander. It’s not good knife metal, it’s just a project to get started at blacksmithing. And it looks purdy.