Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Love that CruForge V

Scott starting experimenting with CruForge V recently, a new bladesmithing steel from Crucible. The EMc that he made for his son last month was his maiden venture with CruForge, but over the holidays Scott made 5 more CruForge blades - 2 Bushman, a Bushmaster, a Native and a Pygmy. The Bushmaster (not quite finished, but ready for testing) is pictured below.

We had a wet snow a couple of days ago that broke trees and laid several branches on our electric fence. Today was clean-up day, so Scott put the Bushmaster to the test, and I caught the action on film. Note that the Bushmaster doesn't have a proper handle yet, and had not been finish-ground prior to the test. Although the knife looks rough, the results were amazing. I'll show you what we had to deal with first.
Scott chopped through approximately 75 wax myrtle limbs before performing the shave test, then hacked through a large downed tree on our path without damaging the blade at all. Gotta love that CruForge V! Scott has never had a knife that could do what this CruForge V blade did today. It chopped through a 4 gauge copper wire twice, a steel irrigation pin flag once, brutalized a deer antler, and beat up an epay railing before we took it out of the shop. This stuff is amazing.

Scott says, "You need a Bushmaster for the same reason you need a .375 H&H Magnum . . . because you never know when that bull rhinoceros is going to come charging through your front yard." Happy hunting!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Carving Knife for the Kitchen

Scott made this carving knife to add to our personal collection.

Steel: Hand-forged 1084
Finish: Hand-rubbed
Handle: Stabilized curly maple
Overall Length: 14 1/4 inches
Blade Length: 9 inches
Weight: 8.12 ounces

Scott designed this knife for "breaking hogs", and we'll use it during January slaughter. The knife was, however, christened on the Christmas goose.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Scott enjoys making historic cookware almost as much as he enjoys making knives. For Christmas he made his mother a iron salamander to brown pies by the hearth, and Peggy put it to good use.

That's a sweet potato pie that Peggy and Bonnie (Scott's oldest) made. It was browned to perfection by the iron salamander and tasted wonderful! Note salamander in fire upside down.

Salamander at work.

Merry Christmas Peggy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Customer!

Delivered the chef's knife today and got a few shots of the new owner breaking it in.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

16-Inch Chef's Knife with Ironwood Handle

Scott just finished this chef's knife on commission.
Merry Christmas Colin!

Steel: Hand-forged W1 with clay hamon
Finish: Hand-rubbed 800 grit
Handle: Desert Ironwood with nickle-silver pins
Overall Length: 16 inches
Blade Length: 10 3/4 inches
Blade Width: 2 1/4 inches
Weight: 14.5 ounces

The entire knife was flat ground to an edge thickness of 0.008 inches, then the edge was finished with a convex grind.  

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The White Tail

The White Tail is a mid-sized droppoint hunter with a stabilized curly maple handle bordered by nickle-silver bolsters. It was finished with deer hunting season just around the corner, so we named it after the local prey. The White Tail was designed for game processing and general outdoor use, but is stylish enough to wear anywhere.

Steel: Hand forged 5160
Blade: Droppoint
Handle: Stabilized curly maple
Finish: Hand rubbed to 400 grit
Overall Length: 8 3/4 inches
Blade Length: 4 1/2 inches
Weight: 6.6 ounces
Sheath: Stamped and boned custom leather

We're asking $250 for this White Tail with sheath. Usually a knife with bolsters would cost more, but we have discounted this one due to minor, but visible glue lines at the butt end of the knife.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Talon Gets a Crossdraw Shealth

Scott devised a unique crossdraw sheath for the Talon fighter. Check it out!

That's me wearing the Talon, and I must say it's quite comfortable. I haven't taken it off quite yet, but I'm just breaking in the sheath. This one is for sale - $195 with sheath.

To purchase, email guineahogforge@gmail.com or buy directly off our website http://www.guineahogforge.com/. Full specs can be found on the website as well.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

EMc for ECM

Every man (and every McGhee boy) should have a custom fixed blade. The EMc (or Every Man Carry) is E. Scott's latest design and 8-year-old E. Conner McGhee's birthday present. This version was made with a kid sized handle (1/4 inch shorter than a full-sized model), but the blade is perfect for just about anyone.

Steele: Cruforge V
Finish: Belt sanded to 45 microns
Handle: Hardened cord-wrap
Overall Length: 8 1/4 inches
Blade Length: 4 inches
Weight: 5.2 ounces
Sheath: Kydex

If interested in an EMc email guineahogforge@gmail.com.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Something Wicked This Way Comes

These fighters were concieved around Halloween, but were just recently completed. Both are rather wicked blades.

Fighter # 1: Bantam Nuevo
(had used the name Bantam on a now retired design)

Steel: Hand-forged 1084
Finish: 45 micron belt finish
Handle: Black linen Micarta with copper guard
Overall Length: 11 1/2 inches
Blade Length: 6 inches
Weight: 6.9 ounces
Sheath: Leather, but not yet completed

Fighter # 2 : Talon

Steel: Hand-forged 1084
Finish: 45 micron belt finish
Handle: Black linen Micarta with red liners
Overall Length: 8 3/4 inches
Blade Length: 4 1/8 inches
Weight: 4.4 ounces
Sheath: Leather, not yet completed

Sheath ideas are in the works. Once they're completed and Scott prices the knives, I'll post both blades on the website. If you are interested in either, contact us directly at guineahogforge@gmail.com.