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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 18, 2017. 1 Reply

Could I smelt cutlery into a good piece of metal for a blade


Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave S. Dec 22, 2017. 12 Replies

Hi, I'm researching knives making as another hobby, forges are they just coal or can I buy little gas forges, I live on a small island and it would be hard for me to find a location to have a coal…Continue

Steampunk knives

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ian Jan 23, 2017. 11 Replies

Hi, I'm after collecting steampunk knives but can never find them and when I do the prices are way over budget, can anyone help point me in the right direction please thanks


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Dave S. replied to Ian's discussion Forge
"A heat treat oven is key it was for me and was a bday present for me as well when I started I tried to use one of those cheap 4x36 grinders with the disk on the side...lets say the knives I did on that were not the best and oh yeh my hands yeh…"
Dec 22, 2017
Jan Carter replied to Ian's discussion Forge
"I totally agree Dave.  After the decision was made that forging would become his hobby instead of stock removal a regular forge was built for him using the wool and firebricks.  It keeps him happy and interested lol.  Dont tell but he…"
Dec 22, 2017

Dave S. replied to Ian's discussion Forge
"something as small as a soup can yeh you could go with something like you described the bigger that gets the longer it will take to heat up...this is why kao wool or inswool is a better option...but it all depends what your trying to accomplish as…"
Dec 22, 2017
Jan Carter replied to Ian's discussion Forge
"LOL Dave, no stepping on toes here.  I usually tell folks to start with a soupcan just so they dont spend money deciding it is not for them.  I know too many that went all out, got a forge, anvil, tongs, steel...only to discover they would…"
Dec 20, 2017

Dave S. replied to Ian's discussion Forge
"I have found so many people think a forge build is so complicated and I have walked new knife makers through it and every single time they say OH THAT WAS EASY!!"
Dec 20, 2017

Andy Larrison replied to Ian's discussion Forge
"Good information Dave.  We use the kaowool here at my forge (industrial forging) for various things and it will hold up to heat.  I agree with your comments on keeping the fibers contained, that stuff will go everywhere if…"
Dec 20, 2017

Dave S. replied to Ian's discussion Forge
"I know this is old post and jan don't want to step on your toes but sand and plaster is not the best material for this...I have built a bunch of forges over the past couple years....first you need a metal shell it can be some 1/4 in thick stuff…"
Dec 20, 2017

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26 to 30 years
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Futuristic knives
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Collecting knives on and off for thirty years, I'm now starting to collect more,
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At 11:58 on January 26, 2017, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

Not that I know of...

At 10:32 on January 26, 2017, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

Thanks for the add!

At 15:50 on January 16, 2017, Ian said…
Thank you all for your welcome comments
At 21:51 on January 15, 2017,
Andy Larrison
Welcome aboard Ian!
At 18:13 on January 15, 2017, Billy Oneale said…
Welcome to iKC!
At 16:13 on January 15, 2017,
Charles Sample

Welcome to iKC Ian!

At 15:54 on January 15, 2017,
Jeremy B. Buchanan

At 15:51 on January 15, 2017, Jan Carter said…
At 13:33 on January 15, 2017, Steve Scheuerman (Manx) said…

Hey there, Ian! Welcome to iKnife! Come on in, kick back and check things out. There's some handy tips on our front page to help you find your way around, and some fantastic people in the Chat room if you have any questions or want to shoot the breeze. Site rules are also on the main page, and if you get creative, you can customise your My Page to suit your own style! Hope you enjoy your stay with us! Great to have you on board!

At 13:09 on January 15, 2017, John Bamford said…

Welcome to iKC Ian .


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