When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one knife maker to know the extent to which his knives can be trusted, it becomes neccesary to destroy a knife in the pursuit of knowledge and better skills.
Here are two bad pictures of a knife I made for the purpose of testing to end. I'll be putting it up against these tests:
Cutting manila rope till it needs to be sharpened again
Cutting red oak till it needs to be sharpened
Drop test on concrete driveway
Cutting brass rod
Bend test (put in vise and bent till it stops)
Then when the blade is destroyed I'll test how durable my handle attachment method is.
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.