Didn't get as much done today as I intended, but I have a good excuse. I spent part of my available free time working on this! -
But, when I did get out to the shop, I got one the knives glued up. I'm going with brass bolsters and cm scales. Believe it or not, this is the first time I've done bolsters on a full tang, so I'm going to shape out this handle some and see how I like it, then get the others glued depending on how this one looks.
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.