I want to let you all know that I have started a second blog aroundtheforge.blogspot.com. As some of you might have noticed, although this blog is for following my winding trail along bladesmithing, I have talked about other important issues here. That is why I started the other blog. It will be for discussing anything and everything (within reason). I invite you all to come read it, comment, and state your own opinions. Most of the topics I'll talk about will be political, although not always. Anything and everything, just as if we were all sitting around the forge talking.
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.