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.


Many of these are not mine, just links to tutorials made by other makers that I have found very beneficial.

Forging a scorpion from a lag bolt, written by me.

Wire inlay tutorial. More in depth than I have ever done, but still an informative tutorial.

Walkthrough/tutorial mix of Ben Potter making a Seax.

tutorial of making a small hunting knife, by Serge Panchenko

Sheath making tutorial. It's written in Italian, but google translate does okay, and just the photos are good too.

Leather Flask tutorial, written by me.

girly knife walkthrough, written by me.


Forging a J hook, written by me.


Wrapping a knife handle