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Rathbuck
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First off - total newbie to this craft. I've always been fascinated by knifemaking, and always wanted to get give it a try. I started about 6 months ago by purchasing bar stock and doing removal.

I won't share the first few attempts, as they were pretty rough...LOL.

Had a fun time with it, though, so went further and now have a homemade forge, belt sander, and old section of railroad track that my great-grandfather used to use.

For my first attempt, took a piece of steel from an old plow off the family farm. No idea of the makeup, but since this is practice, didn't worry too much.

Original bar of steel - this is after I cut off the hammered out blade - sanded it clean, then heated and hammered.

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Rathbuck
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I didn't take a picture of the hammered out blade...I guess I was too excited and went straight to the belt sander. Won't make that mistake again.

After the first rough sanding:
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Rathbuck
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After some more cleanup and file work. You can still see some of the hammer marks on the blade, but honestly I like the looks of it.

Still a LONG way to go (obviously), but happy with how it's going so far...I could easily get addicted to this. If all goes well, this will probably be the knife I send to Hackbow for winning the St. Jude's auction.

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Awesome!
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Mark,

I'm excited and honored to be able to be a part of this knife's story. Thanks again for your generous contribution and your dedication to the St. Jude kids!

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Rathbuck
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Glad to be able to contribute! This one has been a lot of fun for me, as it's a different feeling forging a blade rather than just removing metal from bar stock.

Here's the blade fresh out of the heat treat - heat treat went well and she was good and hard.

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And after a little bit of cleanup (after 320 grit):

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Terrible picture, but this is about 1/2 way through the 1000 grit stage:

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More updates soon... [Smile]

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And just for fun, here's the first knife I finished - started with 440C stainless bar stock, shaped and ground down.

Made a bunch of mistakes with this one, but learned a ton, and I was pretty happy with the final product. Sent this one to my father-in-law as a belated father's day gift.

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