Okay, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now! (figuratively and literally, it's nice and sunny here today, almost hit 70!).
I have the other two's handle finish sanded and stained, now I'll be oiling them for about a week before I declare them done and post them for sale. In the next few days I'll be working on sharpening, and taking finished photos, as the handle oiling won't change the look of the handle.
The lower one is the first one done last week, the two uppers are the ones done today.
Oh, and the claying on Mum's blade turned out to fail. I've only done it before on 1080, and didn't realize how different 1080 was from Aldos 1084 in that arena.
Now what's this? Doesn't look like a knife....
Ahhh.... That makes more sense.
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.