Thursday, October 3, 2019

A Little Love from Our State Magazine and Mast General Store

Our Damascus Pit Master hand-forged cleaver got a little love from Our State Magazine and Mast General Store yesterday. We entered it in the Made In NC contest this year, and while we didn't win the big prize, we were one of the Mast General Store's Home and Garden favorites.

Hand-forged by Master Bladesmith E. Scott McGhee out of 1095/15n20 pattern welded steel 
made by E. Scott McGhee. Yep, he made the steel, then he forged the cleaver.

Scott prefers organic and flowing Damascus steel patterns 
that match his organic and flowing functional tool designs. 

He even made a special leather jacket for this Pit Master. 

Thanks for looking! To see Scott's work in person, 
come see us in the Village of Yesteryear at the 2019 NC State Fair. 
October 17-27, 2019 Raleigh NC

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Exquisite Brut de Forge Knives

Scott completed two brut de forge knives recently. First off the bench was a hand-forged Brut de Forge Bowie with nickel silver bolsters and African Blackwood handle.

Brut de Forge Bowie
Steel: Hand-forged 1075
Finish: Hand-sanded and hammer-marked
Overall Length: 15.875 inches
Blade Length: 10 inches of cut
Handle: African Blackwood with nickel silver bolsters
Sheath: Leather drop with branding scars

Not only is the edge sharp, but this beauty has a fully sharpened clip too. 

Branding scars on the sheath take this custom McGhee package to the next level. 

Scott spine-marked this monster because he could.

Scott also completed a Brut de Forge Fighter that's been in the works for a while.  

Brut de Forge Fighter
Steel: Hand-forged 1075
Finish: Hand-sanded and hammer-marked
Overall Length: 12.875 inches
Blade Length: 7.75 inches of cut
Handle: Ram's horn with black Micarta bolsters
Sheath: Edge tooled leather drop

This 1075 hand-forged beauty boasts a hand-peened museum fit ram's horn handle
complemented by black Micarta bolsters.

It also sports a fully sharpened clip, hand-sanded finish and tapered tang.

A beautiful edged tooled leather drop sheath completes the package.

Hammer marked rustic blade meets a fine finish and exquisite build -
an E. Scott McGhee signature look.

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Zulu Meets the Chief

Scott does a lot of hand-forging (no power hammer involved) when teaching introductory bladesmithing classes. Generally he finishes at least one knife during the class, but a few rough-forged blades always get completed at a later date. During his June Intro to Bladesmithing class at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing, Scott forged a Zulu/Chief - a knife with a blade like our popular Zulu model but the size of our Chief (i.e. a large hunter).

Steel: Hand-forged 1075
Blade: 5.125 inches (from tip to guard)
Overall Length: 10.5 inches
Guard: Bronze w/black coved & bronze spacer
Handle: Desert Ironwood 
Sheath: Tooled leather drop 

She's a beautiful and functional tool . . . 

. . . that comes with a quality crafted, hand-tooled leather sheath. 

Made by ABS Master Bladesmith, E. Scott McGhee, 
this is a piece of functional art that can be enjoyed for generations. 

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Brut de Forge in BB-55 Teak

On June 13th, 1940 (79 years ago today), the Battleship USS North Carolina (aka BB-55) was first launched. The ship fought in every significant battle in the pacific during WWII. It was decommissioned in June of 1947 and was ultimately dedicated as a North Carolina Memorial in 1962. The memorial ship is located in Wilmington, not far from our home. In 1983, the original decking was replaced, and last year Scott obtained several original pieces. It took a lot of seaching and proper cutting to find good handle stock in all that wood, but he found quite a few and some even had curl in it like the ones on the Brut de Forge Bowie pictured below.

The teak was stabilized for use on knives. You have to rock the handle back and forth to truly appreciate the curl, but it's there and is truly stunning on this hand-forged blade.

Brut de Forge Bowie
Steel: Hand-forged 1075
Finish: Hammer-marked and hand-sanded
Overall Length: 15 inches
Blade Length: 9 inches
Handle: Curly Teak from BB-55
Bolsters: Nickel-silver
Sheath: Leather drop
*Blade has fully sharpened clip

Made by ABS Mastersmith E. Scott McGhee

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Southern Side x Side 2019

This will mark our second year at the Southern Side x Side Championship and Exhibition. It's a gun show and competition where you can buy Damascus side x side shotguns and watch folks compete with them too. If you'd like to join us, it's in Sanford NC at Deep River Sporting Clays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (April 25-28th).

We'll have a few knives available for purchase and we're also giving one away to benefit the NC Youth Shooting Foundation. Raffle tickets can be purchased on site at the Deep River Clubhouse - $1 per ticket, and there is a shotgun in the raffle too!

Damascus Sparrow Hawk with Desert Ironwood handle

                                                         S35VN Piranhas in Micarta and G-10

                                                   Damascus Thorn in African Blackwood

And last, but not least, a Brut de Forge blackout fighter dressed in Maroon Micarta.

Come see us in the Sponsorship Tent.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Damascus XOs - Just in Time for Christmas

Still searching for the perfect Christmas gift for the knife aficionado in your life - 3 Damascus XOs just became available! Desert Ironwood, Battleship Teak, and Koa are pictured below. 

Damascus XO (Executive Officer)
Steel: 1095/15n20
Finish: Hand sanded with forge-finished flats
Overall length: 8.5 inches
Blade length: 3.5 inches
Sheath: Leather pouch

 Desert Ironwood

 Curly Koa

 Teak from the Battleship USS-NC

XOs with teak handles from the deck of the Battleship USS-NC get a special BB-55 mark 
on the backside of the blade. BB-55 is the hull number of the ship. 

Hand-forged Damascus knives by ABS Master Bladesmith E. Scott McGhee

Available while supplies last at Guinea Hog Forge.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

2018 NC State Fair - Village of Yesteryear

Hurricane Florence put us behind on production for the NC State Fair, and we've been playing catch up ever since. Scott is working on the Vortex now - a Brut de Forge blade hammered out by hand during the storm when we had no power. He also has two cleavers in progress. 
Here's what's ready now.

Teak from the deck of the Battleship USS-NC will be featured at our table again this year. 
We have Damascus XOs (Executive Officers), Blackout and 3V XOs, 
and Damascus Piranhas all with BB-55 teak handles.

Damascus XO
Steel: 1095/15n20
Finish: Hand-sanded
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Handle: BB-55 Teak
Sheath: Leather

All hand-forged E. Scott McGhee knives get the MS mark on the showside, while all knives with battleship teak handles get a special BB-55 mark on the backside of the blade.

XO Blackout
Steel: O1
Finish: Satin
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Handle: BB-55 Teak
Sheath: Leather

XO Blackouts get a non-reflective Parkerized finish that protects the blade from corrosion.

Steel: 3V
Finish: Belt
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Handle: BB-55 Teak and Micarta
Sheath: Leather

Executive officers (XOs) also come in corrosion resistant 3V steel. Most have BB-55 teak handles, but Scott couldn't resist making one with a scalloped Micarta handle.

A few Damascus Piranhas will be available in BB-55 teak again this year, 
and these little beauties will feature our all new leather pocket sheath. 

Damascus Piranha
Steel: 1095/15n20 
Finish: Hand-sanded
Overall Length: 6.125 inches
Blade Length: 2.75 inches
Handle: BB-55 Teak
Sheath: Leather pocket

And, for the first time ever, our popular S35VN Piranha will be available at the State Fair.

S35VN Piranha
Steel: S35VN
Finish: Belt
Overall Length: 6.125 inches
Blade Length: 2.75 inches
Handle: Scalloped G-10 and Micarta
Sheath: Leather pocket

Knives made through the stock removal process (not hand forged) 
get our McGhee Knives mark on the show side.

We will be in Booth #7 in the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair Oct 11th-21.

Hope to see you there! If you can't come, keep an eye on the website - any knives that don't sell by October 15th will be made available to the general public on Tuesday October 16th.