Recently I acqiured some wrought iron chain, I decided to weld some of it to either side of some 1080 steel. This way on the sides of a knife I get the cool looking and ductility of wrought iron, but for the edge, I get good edge holding 1080. This afternoon I finished rough grinding it and soaked it in ferric chloride for a few minutes to see the pattern. It's only rough, but I thought I'd share the pics.
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.