Last weekend Conner practiced his knifemaking skills on a discarded knife of Scott's, and this weekend he put those skills to work on one Scott forged over a year ago but never finished. Check it out. It's a father and son collaboration Buta II, and I've dubbed this one the Blue Buta.
Conner is 9 1/2 years old, and this was his first attempt at completing a knife. He's played at the forge since he was four, has helped forge a few blades, and has watched Scott make several knives over the past few years but only recently decided to try out the power tools. Scott gave a lot of guidance and helped with some of the finer points, but Conner did much of the work on this Buta II and devoted about 12 hours of time to this project over a 2-day period.
Grinding the blade.
Ready to temper.
Conner selected maple slabs, a red liner, and stainless pins for the handle.
Beveling the front of the slabs on the disk grinder.
Yeah, accidents happen . . .
. . . but it didn't slow him down.
Working the slack belt.
There's more than one way to blue a knife.
Hands and a knife that would make any bladesmith proud . . .