Heres a quickie herb chopper I just finished up yesterday.
Forged from 1084, curly maple handle, with brass pins.
The bevels were sanded to 320, then given a light aging treatment to make it look in place right off the bat. I rubbed the bevels down with a rag dipped in ferric, then rubbed them with scotch brite. Then to finish it off, I put some drops of hot sauce on it, and put potatoe slices on it. Let it sit, then wash, then scotchbrite off the rust. Not heavily aged, but a little "pre-staining"
6 3/4" oal
3 1/2" blade
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.