Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

We hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving. We celebrated with family and friends cooking in a 1700's style colonial kitchen that Scott's parents build with their own hands and stocked with antique cookware they've collected for years. We enjoy the kitchen every chance we get, and the few kitchen utensils that aren't antiques were hand-forged by Scott. 

 The prize of the collection is a 300 year old reflector oven.

 The centerpiece of the meal was a rib-eye roast.

Inside the kitchen

Hurricane Fran hit NC hard in 1996 downing a lot of trees on their property, so Ralph and Peggy bought a portable sawmill and "made lemonade out of lemons".

Cooked to perfection and carved with a Guinea Hog Forge blade.

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without sweet potato pie.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours.  

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Vigilante Handle Complete

Scott finished Vigilante this weekend - stainless steel wire wrapped over leather. 
See what you think.

Steel: Hand-forged 1084
Finish: Draw-filed and Parkerized
Overall Length: 35.75 inches
Blade Length: 29.25 inches
Handle: Twisted stainless steel wire over leather

Vigilante will be auctioned on Facebook later this week - 
Black Friday/#Black Sword Auction
November 27th 9am-9pm EST
Hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

SR-71 Elite Hunter

A tad shorter, significantly thinner, and with more belly than our standard SR-71, these little beauties come with a shaped handle and a leather sheath. 
These three are headed to Germany on Monday, but more can be made!

Hand-sanded with Green Linen Micarta handle.

Hand-sanded with African Rosewood handle (aka Wenge). 

Hand-sanded with African Blackwood handle.

Thanks for looking.

A Little Fun with Vigilante - The Black Sword

Our neighbor was getting rid of pumpkins today, so we offered to help out. 
Here's a taste of what Vigilante can do. 

 Yep, she's well balanced. 

Vigilante will be auctioned on our Guinea Hog Forge Facebook page on 
Black Friday - November 27th, 2015. Hope to see you there. 


Monday, November 16, 2015

Black Friday Black Sword Auction

On Black Friday, "Vigilante" - an Old World sword with New World flair - will be auctioned on Facebook. The proceeds with help Scott test for Mastersmith at the 2016 Blade Show in Atlanta in June. Bids can be emailed to or posted directly to out corporate Facebook page. We hope to see you there. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Vigilante: Old World Sword, New World Flair

Scott spent last week taking a sword class with Sam Salvati. Vigilante - an Old World sword with New World flair - was born in that class. Scott still needs to figure out what type of permanent handle she'll get, but Vigilante is battle worthy and will be auctioned off in the near future - #BlackSwordAuction

Steel: Hand-Forged 1084
Finish: Draw filed and Parkerized
Overall Length: 35.75 inches
Blade Length: 29.25
Handle: TBD

Scott added a temporary handle for pictures and testing. Vigilante will ultimately get either an all wire-wrapped handle or one with wire over black leather. 

Scott hand-forged the blade out of 1084 and peened the mild-steel guard in place. He added additional peen marks for a decorative effect. 

The entire blade was also draw-filed by hand (Sam wouldn't allow anyone to use a grinder on the blade), and Scott decided draw-filing metal was a Medieval form of torture. He managed to turn torture into art by creating a feather pattern with the file marks. 

The blade was forged out of 1084. Check out the bar stock vs. the forged blade.

With guard and pommel added, the entire sword weighed only 2 lbs 11 oz.

Scott chose to Parkerize his entire sword to give it a wicked finish 
that protects the blade from corrosion.

The protective finish came in handy when testing the sword on pineapples.

Distal taper plus proper heat treat equals . . . 

 The sword also has an armor-piercing point for penetrating hardened targets. 

 Scott and Sam Salvati - master sword maker. Everyone clearly had a good time. 

Four out of six swords made in Sam Salvati's class. 

We'll post more pictures once the sword is complete 
and announce the date of the auction at that time.

Thanks for looking.