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, March 19, 2011

Orange hunter

Here is the finished wip I posted a while ago.

This is Hunter. I left her forge finished, but I ran a drill wirebrush over her really good, that means I have sort of shiny forge finish

I just finished honing her recently, and she shaves neatly, no need to even use my gillete for touch up.


Steel - Old nicholson file
Handle material - Vivid hunter orange homemade micarta
oal - 5 1/4" - 13.3 cm
Blade - 2 1/4" - 5.7cm
Handle - 3" - 7.6 cm
Weight - 2 1/4 oz - 64 grams
Lanyard - black paracord, with deer antler bead.






What do ya'll think? Let me know, Oldanvil


  1. Hello Oldanvilyoungsmith, Cool knife. I could see that being very handy in my shop for all kinds of tasks.

  2. sometime back in the mid 70's my wife came in the shop for me to sharpen a cheap stainless steel paring knife .I told her throw that thing in the trash I'll make you a knife . I was using stanley putty knife one inch wide.( cant read the model number) . I made a knife out of that stanley putty knife . to this day we are still using this knife every day . it has been worn down to about 0.010 inch. it keeps the best edge possible