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. 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Rovers and a New Mark

Scott finished a bunch of Rovers this week. Most went to Wilson Combat, several went to clients, and a few will land on the website for sale. 

The grey and black Rovers are unique to Wilson Combat.

Scott mostly made standard Rovers with scalloped Micarta handles.

A few were dressed in wood - African Blackwood, natural maple and dyed maple. 
We call Rovers with shaped handles - Rover Elites.

All come with a leather bushcraft sheath designed and made by Scott.

 All of these received Scott's new stock removal mark 
to distinguish them from his forged blades.

Clean, crisp and to the point.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Another Damascus Zulu from E. Scott McGhee

Scott dressed his latest Damascus Zulu in Koa. See what you think. 

Damascus Zulu
Steel: 1095/15n20
Overall Length: 9.75 inches
Blade Length: 4.75 inches
Guard: Satin finish 416 stainless
Handle: Curly Koa
Sheath: Leather drop

Scott makes his own pattern welded steel and does his own sheath work. 

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Damascus Native

Scott finished a Damascus Native yesterday. Check it out. 

He fine finished most of the blade and sharped the clip, 
but he left the hammer marks on the flats for a nice rustic look. 

He also blued the spine to darken it . . .

. . . which offset the black palm handle nicely. 

 The Native is a great camp knife that feels wonderful in the hand. 

 Damascus Native
Steel: 1095/15n20
Overall Length: 11.75 inch
Blade Length: 6.75 inch 
Handle: Black Palm
Sheath: Leather drop

Thanks for looking. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Carolina Collection Prototypes

These blades are prototypes for the Carolina Collection knives we plan to offer in the Village of Yesteryear (VOY) at the NC State Fair in October. Scott is one of 75 craftsman invited to show traditional crafts in the VOY. Featuring a hand-forged guard, rustic textured finish, and maple handles, this is Scott's ode to the blacksmith knife of yore.

Carolina Collection Hunter and Skinner 
Steel: O1 Carbon Steel
Overall Length: 8.375 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Sheath: Black Leather Pouch
*Skinner has more belly and a darker handle

Hope to see you at the NC State Fair in October.