Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SR-71 Elite Hunters

Our SR-71 Silverbirds and Blackbirds are hard-use tactical knives, but Scott wanted a higher-end cutter for his personal carry. Thus, the SR-71 Elite Hunter was born. The Elite is a 1/4-inch shorter than our standard SR-71s, has a little more belly, is ground a tad sharper, gets a shaped handle, and is generally hand-sanded. Check out these Elites made from 3V rust resistant carbon steel.

SR-71 Elite Hunter
Steel: 3V Rust Resistant
Overall Length: 8.75 inches
Blade Length: 4.125 inches
Handle: Linen Micarta
Sheath: Leather Drop

Green Micarta

Maroon Micarta

All dress in leather and ready to fly, these are sold, but we'll have more 
at Blade Show in Atlanta (June 2-4) Table 13P.

Scott made his personal Elite in green Micarta and did a special carving on the sheath.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Blackbird vs. Silverbird

At Guinea Hog Forge, we hand-craft two versions of our popular SR-71 knife - 
an SR-71 Blackbird and an SR-71 Silverbird. 

Same great design, two different steels and finishes -
Which one is right for you?

The SR-71 Blackbird is the original Guinea Hog Forge knife design. Named after the famous SR-71 Blackbird spy plane, our Blackbird knife is Parkerized to turn the steel black and protect the blade from corrosion. If you want a fast, mid-sized blade with a stealthy finish, the Blackbird is an excellent choice. In addition, the Blackbird's flat ground O1 tool steel blade holds an edge extremely well and and is easy to sharpen in the field. 

The SR-71 Silverbird is made of super-tough rust-resistant 3V carbon steel. If you want a fast, mid-sized knife with outstanding edge retention and toughness (and you prefer a brushed silver finish) this is the SR-71 for you. We've yet to find a tougher steel, and while 3V isn't as easy to sharpen as O1, it's hard to argue with a knife that holds an edge this well. It's also super easy keep this blade looking good. 

SR-71 Blackbird vs. Silverbird
Steel: O1 Carbon vs. 3V Rust Resistant
Blade Finish: Parkerized vs. Belt
Overall Length: 9 inches
Blade Length: 4.25 inches
Sheath: Leather Bushcraft

All SR-71s come with a leather bushcraft sheath and your choice of scalloped handle. 

You can choose from Green, Black or Maroon Micarta . . . 

. . . or even dress your SR-71 in Camo G-10.

Blackbird or Silverbird? You choose.

We deliver.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

New Truck Gun

When Scott isn't making knives, he likes to play with guns - in particular - lever action rifles. 
He likes to shoot them and customize them. He just finished this Rossi 92 in 357.

Rossi's are known for their reasonable price, not for their aesthetics.
 This Rossi (see-below) came from the factory with a crescent butt plate, case-hardened finish, and a
 poorly fitted stock and forend made from the wood of a rubber tree.

Scott shortened the barrel, fluted it, Parkerzied all the metal parts, and fitted the gun with an
 English walnut stock and forend from George Peterson at Treebone Carving.
Here are some progress pictures. 

Fluting the barrel lightened the overall weight of the gun and gave it a nice look.

Scott also commissioned a bullet mold from Accurate Molds - 165 grain WFN.

Here's his first kill from the Rossi 92 357 using a cast bullet of his own manufacture.

Here's a video made right before the gun was completed. 

The new properly sized stock and rubber Pachmayr buttpad make it a pleasure to shoot. 

Scott also made a new sling for the Rossi. He did all the leather carving and braiding himself. 

Scott mounted the sling using antique swivels from
a Springfield 03-A3 (front) and a Pre-WWI French Berthier (rear).

The Parkerized finish protects the gun and makes her very user friendly. 

English Walnut makes her beautiful.

Closeup of re-crown work and fiber optic front sight. 

An antique Lyman receiver sight was an appropriate addition to this Rossi.  

Thanks for looking. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

No Rest for the Weary

What do you do when you have 96 knives, 70 Damascus Pendants, 50 Bottle Charmers and other such wares NOT quite ready for the NC State Fair and Hurricane Matthew has you in it's sights . . . work faster!

Above are some Carolina Skinners that Scott has in the works for the NC State Fair,
and below are videos on Damascus we produced this past week.

Good luck to all in the path of Hurricane Matthew! 
See you on the other side.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Damascus Bottle Charmer

Meet the Damascus Bottle Charmer - it's a beverage opener that doubles as a pendant.

This item will be available in person at the NC State Fair in Raleigh, NC October 13-23rd,
as well as on our website during the same period - $65 (plus shipping).

You can also wear it as a pendant. It's the only knife Scott makes that isn't sharp:)


Guinea Hog Forge

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Damascus Jewelry for the NC State Fair

In October, Scott and I will be demonstrating and selling his hand-made wares in the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair. While knives will be our focus, we are bringing some Damascus jewelry as well. Here are some pendants we made last weekend.

Damascus Pendants
Steel: 1095/Nickel
Finish: Parkerized*
*Matte and bright finish on the nickel

The process of making Damascus is extensive and starts with a stack of steel.
For jewelry, we use 1095 interspersed with pieces of pure nickel.

First, the stack of steel is MIG-welded together.

Then a handle is welded on the stack, and the billet is heated to 2315 degrees in the forge. 

It's a hot process.

The hot steel is then forged together using a power hammer . . . 

. . . and a 25 ton hydraulic press.

It takes a lot of pounding, mashing, and grinding, 
but eventually the steel all bonds into one bar.

For this billet of random Damascus, Scott decided to add a pool and eye design to the pattern.

This is done by drilling various depth holes in the billet. 

Then the billet goes back in the forge . . . 

. . . and is hammered and pressed . . . 

. . . until it is once again a relatively flat bar of steel.

You can really see the pool and eye pattern when the steel is hot.

The pendants are simply cut from the bar stock after it is ground to the desired thickness
 on a surface grinder and etched in ferric chloride to bring out the pattern.

We Parkerized the 1095 to turn it black and protect it from corrosion, 
but the nickel stays bright, especially if hand-sanded prior to Parkerizing.

Thanks for looking.