About Me

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.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Some old work

Here I'm just posting some pictures of old work I made before I started this blog.

A mokume cross.

A knife I made for a friend of my brother. Forged from leafspring, and the handle wrap is gutted black paracord.

A paper towel holder I made for my mom to give to her mom for her birthday (don't worry, I made Mom one also).

A set of miniature Tomahawks

Another knife, forged from leafspring, bloodwood handle.

Now this knife I did not make. This is a goal. Someday, in 5-6 years, I would like to be good enough to make a bowie like this one made by Tai Goo. Of course, it might take longer than that. Take a look at his website, awesome knives. http://taigooknives.com/


  1. Leafsprings are those long springs commonly used on automobiles. They are typically good knife steel. Many people seem to think that they are 5160, but that is a guess, and can vary widely by spring. Never HT based on that.