Reusing the first picture because I forgot to take a new one.
I'll be making a knife with an old pickaxe and a length of rebar.
Sorry it took so long to get a new post up, many things went wrong.
Rebar, pickaxe, rebar, pickaxe, rebar.
I started making a set of Butterfly swords, but my forge broke just as I started.
Forge weld the stack together.
So I took the opportunity to upgrade my forge massively, but that took quite awhile.
Draw out the billet.
After that I continued making the Buttterfly Swords and ran into some technical issues.
Finish drawing out the billet, notch it, bent it and clean it.
The first technical issue was that I got a new phone, and somehow managed to delete all the pictures I had of the first Butterfly Sword while moving my SD card.
Flux, fold and re-weld.
The second issue was that there is a bug with my new phone, in that if you happen to use the camera to film things, the videos can randomly corrupt themselves, which I found out after I had finished forging the second Butterfly Sword.
Clamp the billet and start twisting it.
So I decided to abandon that project as it had clearly angered my Gods.
Keep twisting it.
So I decided I would try and do something a little bit more technically challenging, but more boring looking.
Grinding it flat to try and avoid cold shuts.
It also turns out that if a video corrupts, it can damage some of the pictures on this phone, so I have less of them then I took.
Start forging the billet to shape.
I've managed to stitch the videos that survived of this project together, but everything is a bit disjointed.
Letting it anneal slowly.
I have bough a camcorder, the quality is not as good as my phone, but at least it should be stable.
Grind the profile and clean it up.
I'm quite sure that this is a bit of Oak.
And I KNOW that this is a plank of Ebony.
Cut, stack and glue.
Sand everything smoothish.
Cut a groove, hot fit the tang and then glue that in place as well.
Start profiling the handle.
Finish sanding the handle and apply some Danish Oil to waterproof t somewhat.
And presto. The pattern is a little bit faint, but not too shabby.