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.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Orange and black

This one is my newest, and was featured in my handle wrapping tut.

Forged from Cupples 1080, and ground on the new (YAY!!! Thanks Wayne!) grinder. This one was the first knife that I made almost totally with the grinder instead of an angle grinder. You'll notice the primary bevel goes all the way up the blade, I was grinding away on it, when I decided to go with bevels like that, just for fun...

"Don't listen to him, he won't tell you that he didn't expect 70% speed on the grinder to go that fast, and he accidently ate the bevel to far up the blade to do it like normal."

Yeah, well whatever, whether it was purposeful or not. I still like it, I wouldn't do it on large heavy use knife, but it makes a really nice cutter for a belt knife.

The knife was inspired mainly by Mike Snody's Boss (or was it menace?), so I used a photography style similar to his for this knife.


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