Sorry, I finished this a while ago, and forgot to post it. Here it is. I've been using this to split kindling off of logs for fires every night, the edge has been staying on fairly well.
Heres the whole package, ironwood scales, blade from old rasp, brass pins, black paracord lanyard, chops like nobody's business.
Closeup of sheath, veg-tanned leather, fiebings dye (tan), design put on with dulled nail.
This photo doesn't do the ironwood justice, the stuff is beautiful, the pattern and graing, along with color, is just awesome, not the last time I'll use it for sure.
Hi, I'm Stephen Stumbo, I'm 18 yrs old, and a self taught knifesmith/blacksmith. All through my childhood I've had affinity for blades, probably starting with my first pocket knife. At 12 I tried to grind a knife out of a sawzall blade, and was so proud of how it turned out. At 14 I convinced my dad to help me make a forge so I could try blacksmithing. After building the forge I had a rough time getting started, but after meeting a local blacksmith and getting some tips, I went at it. About a year into blacksmithing (2009) I decided to try my hand at making knives. I started out terribly, but I've slowly been progressing to where you see now. Take a look around, and let me know what you think, you can also find me on facebook to keep up with the goings on around the ole smithy.