I've been looking at my first knives recently, and comparing them to my most recent knives. Been an interesting trip over the last two years, so I thought I'd share some of my journey with you all.
First knife ever. Somewhere around 14 yrs old. Sawzall blade and benchgrinder, wrapped with denim and electrical tape for handle.
First forged knife, no knowledge of HT or mild vs carbon steel, etc...
And the following two are some RR spike knives I did soon after that first forged one.
Theres a handful of progressionary pics, but I don't have the time to take pics of 20 or so K.L.O. (knife like objects). So here is a pic of my most recent knife, not the best yet, but gettting there.
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.