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G&H Barnett Bowies

Started Dec 17, 2023 0 Replies

In 1863 G&H Barnett Black Diamond File works started. They were in business until Nicholson bought the company in 1907 changing the name to "Black Diamond". These Bowie was made from a large…Continue

Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Nov 9, 2023. 6 Replies

A while back I was commissioned to forge some knives from cable recovered from a decommissioned aircraft carrier that was being scrapped.  The cable was 1/2" in diameter and once forged into a square…Continue

Using Old Files for Knives

Started this discussion. Last reply by James McClendon Aug 7, 2023. 14 Replies

Old files can make wonderful knives. Many of these tools were made from proprietary alloys that would today be considered boutique specialty knife alloys like Japanese White Paper steel. If executed…Continue

 

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Ken Spielvogel commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"Very nice and inter4sting"
Jan 20

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Andy Larrison commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"Not a black smith "forge"....but a drop forge shop....If it hadn't been for blacksmithing throughout time we wouldn't be where we are today in modern industrial forging. And you are correct.....you can never have enough tongs."
Jan 18
Lars Ray commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"Thanks James for sharing this - it's a great yet simple tutorial for the likes of me, and those like me. A great tour of your kit as well...particularly your anvils. I have some basic knowledge of what makes a bladesmith shop beyond what is…"
Jan 17
Jan Carter commented on James McClendon's blog post A BLADESMITHS SHOP
"We got a dusting also but boy are we sitting in some cold!  The shop is downstairs and so is the wood stove so this is the time of year when it is most likely the shop gets a full cleaning. Shop is too small to have a press but I would love to…"
Jan 17

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James McClendon posted a blog post

A BLADESMITHS SHOP

We got snowed in with a dusting of snow and I thought I'd share the tools in a blade smiths shop.  Certainly, this isn't every tool and they can vary from shop to shop with what the smith needs to make their style of knife.The king of the shop is the Anvil.  The most common style, and the one most think of when they hear "anvil" is the London Pattern which began in the late 1700's, sometimes those early ones are referred to as a "colonial".  By the mid 1800's the London Pattern anvil had been…See More
Jan 17

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James McClendon posted a discussion

G&H Barnett Bowies

In 1863 G&H Barnett Black Diamond File works started. They were in business until Nicholson bought the company in 1907 changing the name to "Black Diamond". These Bowie was made from a large G&H Barnett. It was ground hard to retain the original heat treat, then tempered and given a soft back draw to bring the hardness down and toughen the blade. A handle of highly figured Buckeye burl was mounted on a bolt through tang with the files original stamped tang as the pommel.…See More
Dec 17, 2023
Jan Carter replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"This is fantastic!"
Nov 9, 2023

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James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"That anvil is a 200lb Fisher made in 1941.  It was military surplus.  My main, and favorite anvil."
Nov 8, 2023

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James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"It was 15n20.  I could have done a coffee etch and made the 15n20 really pop but that would have muted the pattern in the cable."
Nov 8, 2023
Kevin D replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"Good looking knives! What material did you use between the cable and the file? Good looking anvil too.  :)"
Nov 8, 2023

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James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"Thank you!"
Nov 8, 2023
Lars Ray replied to James McClendon's discussion Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier
"Oh wow - well done! What a great legacy, and what beautiful pieces. Thank you for sharing - "
Nov 8, 2023

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James McClendon posted a discussion

Cable From Decommissioned Aircraft Carrier

A while back I was commissioned to forge some knives from cable recovered from a decommissioned aircraft carrier that was being scrapped.  The cable was 1/2" in diameter and once forged into a square bar it was folded back on itself.  The first test knife didn't go so well, cable suffers from decarbonization at weld up anyway and that is magnified from small wires.  The cable itself seemed lower in carbon than standard extra IPS and the first test knife wouldn't harden enough for a knife.  It…See More
Nov 7, 2023

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James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Using Old Files for Knives
"The Heller brand has been around 100 years.   Like many of these the brand has changed hands several time.  I'd assume it's of the same vintage as the others (1950-1970).  I don't use them much but they do make a…"
Aug 7, 2023
Kevin D replied to James McClendon's discussion Using Old Files for Knives
"Oops.  I was re-organizing some tools, and I found another old file.   LOL 1 file     -      12" x 1-3/16" x .210" thick - stamped HELLER NUCUT - Mill Bastard (single cut) Is this one any…"
Aug 6, 2023

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James McClendon replied to James McClendon's discussion Using Old Files for Knives
"As far as forging, I've really found that forging these is a waste of time and energy.  With the thinner files less than 1/4" unless you are changing the handle angle and doing a tapered tang anything you forge will end up not…"
Aug 6, 2023

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KnifeMaker
How did you hear about iKnifeCollector?
Internet
Do you currently subscribe to any knife publication (offline)
Yes
How long have you collected knives?
16- 20 years
Favorite Kind of Knives
Bowie
About Me
Bladesmith specializing on Bowie’s and hunters with a story.
Interests
History and metallurgy.
Other Hobbies
Outdoors.

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A BLADESMITHS SHOP

Posted on January 16, 2024 at 13:08 4 Comments

We got snowed in with a dusting of snow and I thought I'd share the tools in a blade smiths shop.  Certainly, this isn't every tool and they can vary from shop to shop with what the smith needs to make their style of knife.

The king of the shop is the Anvil.  The most common style, and the one most think of when they hear "anvil" is the London Pattern which began in the late 1700's, sometimes those early ones are referred to as a "colonial".  By the mid 1800's the London Pattern anvil…

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Cable Damascus, The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Forging Wire Rope Into A Blade

Posted on June 29, 2023 at 18:39 2 Comments

Many years ago when I first got into knife making one of the first books I got mentioned forging crane cable into a blade.  I found that fascinated and wanted to try it.  At that time there wasn't a lot of information on the subject.  Here are some things I learned.

Steel rope, or as I like to call it "crane cable" can be divided into 2 steel families.  The first is stainless, these cables are either 200 or 300 grade austenitic stainless.  This isn't a grade that is suitable for…

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At 19:06 on August 4, 2023, Ellis H. Roberson said…

Hey James.. Treat.  We keep in touch

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