Saturday, March 12, 2022

Brut de Forge in a Brand New Box

This Brut de Forge fighter was forged by hand in Scott's January Intro to Bladesmithing Class at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing. This week (in between working on the F350 engine rebuild) he marked it, made a sheath for it, placed it in one of our new Guinea Hog Forge presentation boxes, and asked me to find a home for it.

Brut de Forge Fighter
Steel: 1075
Finish: Rustic
Overall Length: 14.375 inches
Blade Length: 8.5 inches
Handle: Maroon Micarta
Sheath: Leather with IWB strap

This knife features a fully sharpened clip and tapered tang.

It's light, fast and wicked sharp - like a fighter should be. 

The knife comes with an E. Scott McGhee handmade leather sheath featuring an inside the waistband strap for crossdraw or backside carry.

 This package is SOLD.

Thanks for looking.

Guinea Hog Forge

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Kitchen Knives - NC State Fair 2021

For the last several Octobers (except the last one, as the fair was cancelled due to Covid), we've promoted the art of knife making in the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair. We've been telling fair goers for several years that we would eventually bring some kitchen knives. Well, 2021 is the year and we've got 8.5-Inch French Chefs and 3.5-inch Paring knives to sell. 

African Blackwood Set

Curly Maple Set

Vintage Micarta Set

Curly Koa 8-Inch Chef

The 8.5-inch French Chefs all have frame handles. Instead of the traditional full tang found on most kitchen knives, the tang in these beauties is surrounded and protected by a frame (Black Micarta frame with Vintage Micarta slabs pictured below). The frame prevents water intrusion and protects the tang from corrosion, lightens the knife, and makes the handle feel really amazing in your hand. The two tone look is also very aesthetically pleasing.


The paring knives have the more traditional full tang but are no less beautiful and come pin stock to match the French Chef of the same handle material. Below is a Curly Maple paring knife featuring carbon fiber pins. French Chefs and Paring knives can be purchased as a set or individually.

All our kitchen knives are made from O1 tool steel and will patina over time (or rust if you don't care for them properly). Don't put our knives in the dishwasher or leave them in the sink. Use them with care (as they are wicked sharp), rinse and dry after use, and then put them on a wall magnet to keep the edge and tip from being damaged. 


If you love to cook and appreciate a really nice kitchen knife as much as Scott does, these are some of the finest you will ever use. Take care of them and they will take care of you. 

Thanks for looking. Any knives on display at the fair that are not snagged by Monday evening (Oct 18th) will be made available on our website Tuesday the 19th. We can also make additional ones, so reach out if you are interested but can't attend the NC State Fair.

Guinea Hog Forge

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Damascus Blades for the NC State Fair

For the last several years, we've promoted the art of knife making in the Village of Yesteryear at the NC State Fair. Last year, (due to Covid-19) the NC State Fair was cancelled. This year, the NC State Fair is on track to run from October 14-24, and Scott plans be in the Village of Yesteryear (an artist group focused on traditional crafts) with his knives and his knowledge. 

Pattern Welded Steel (aka Damascus) is an art all its own, and knives crafted from well-made Damascus are artful tools well worth the investment. Scott is an ABS-certified Master Bladesmith (only 115 in the world), and as such he is required by the American Bladesmith Society to personally craft the pattern welded steel he uses for his blades. Our hand-crafted Damascus is a marriage of 1095 and 15n20 steels. Both are high quality tool steels that once forge-welded and etched create a beautiful pattern that is absolutely unique. Thus, while each Guinea Hog Forge knife crafted from the same billet of Damascus has a similar look, no two are exactly the same. 

Scott plans to have a few Damascus Piranhas and XOs with him in the Village this October. Here's a sampling of the Damascus Blades he's crafted so far. 

Damascus XO - Figured Walnut 

Come see us at the NC State Fair this year, but only if you feel safe. If you don't, we understand. Take care, and if we don't see you this year, we look forward to seeing you in 2022.

Guinea Hog Forge

Monday, July 19, 2021


ABS Master Bladesmith, E. Scott McGhee teaches several classes each year at various locations in the US. Last month, Scott taught ABS Intro to Bladesmithing at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing. Every time he teaches Intro, he forges and grinds a demonstration knife during the first few days and then handles it a few days later. These blades are completely hand-forged, always get some level of rustic hammer-marked finish, and are generally belt ground for a high-utility finish. To the delight of several students, the Summer 2021 VIB Demo Knife got the regal treatment (i.e. was hand-sanded). It's now maker-marked, has a beautiful leather sheath, and is ready for purchase. 

VIB Brute De Forge Fighter - Summer 2021

Steel: 1075
Finish: Rustic/Regal
OAL: 15 inches
Blade Length: 9.5 inches
Handle: Vintage Micarta
Sheath: Leather drop with IWB strap

Scott's preferred steel for Intro classes is 1075 because it heat treats in a manner that promotes student success. It's also a great high carbon steel for choppers and fighters. Most of Scott's demo blades get dressed in Micarta because it's tough yet beautiful and doesn't cost new knife makers an arm and a leg. This is Scott's first knife handled with Vintage Micarta, which has a rich brown finish.

After Scott returns home from class, he etches his maker mark on the blade and crafts a leather sheath. This beautiful package just sold and will be headed to Michigan tomorrow.

Scott will be teaching Intro to Bladesmithing again in a couple of weeks at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC: July 26 - August 6. There may be a few spaces open, so contact the school if you are interested. 

Thanks for looking. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Damascus Blades

Scott knocked out some Damascus blades over the past few weeks. 
While many were sold before they were finished, a few are still available. 

Damascus XOs - above in Curly Maple, below in Desert Ironwood. 

Steel: 1095/15n20
Finish: Hand Sanded
Overall Length: 8.5 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Sheath: Leather hip

Steel: 1095/15n20
Finish: Hand-Sanded
Overall Length: 7.75 inches
Blade Length: 3.5 inches
Handle: Turkish Walnut
Sheath: Leather hip

Steel: 1095/15n20
Finish: Hand-Sanded
Overall Length: 6.125 inches
Blade Length: 2.75 inches
Handle: Curly Maple
Sheath: Leather front pocket

All pattern welded steel is made in house by Master Bladesmith E. Scott McGhee.

To purchase any of the above, go to AVAILABLE KNIVES

Saturday, April 11, 2020

3V Goshawk vs American Guinea Hog

Covid-19 makes me very grateful that Scott and I live in rural part North Carolina (away from the worst of it) and have the time and knowledge necessary to process our own food. This weekend we put another hog in the freezer and, while doing so, put a 3V Goshawk to the test.

The following videos are not for everyone, so proceed with caution. They are included to show what a small, well-designed knife made of a quality steel, heat treated properly, and ground with a superior edge can do in the hands of a skilled individual. Scott is an ABS Master Bladesmith, and he is as talented at using knives as he is at making them. 

3V Goshawk
Steel: CPM 3V
Finish: Belt
Overall Length: 7.70 inches
Blade Length: 3.50 inches
Handle: Wood or Micarta
Sheath: Leather

CPM 3V is a rust resistant high carbon steel that makes excellent user knives because it holds an edge well and is extremely tough. The 3V Goshawk in the lead picture sat on a table covered in blood for over an hour while we scalded and scraped the hog, but it cleaned up easily with a little Dawn dish soap and Cleanse Oil. The scalloped Micarta handle used in the videos has a texture that works well when things get messy, but we also offer the Goshawk in shaped wood and shaped Micarta for a more elegant look - shaped Maroon Micarta on the left and scalloped Green Micarta on the right.

A client familiar with some of our other designs asked for a size comparison so here it is - 
3V Goshawk in the middle with 3V Piranha below and XO Tactical Blackout above. 
All three models are AVAILABLE on our website while supplies last. 

We're hopeful that Covid-19 will soon be nothing more than a bad memory. We're looking forward to sharing homemade country ham with friends and family this fall, and we know you all have things you're looking forward to as well. Stay safe out there. 

Thanks for looking.  

Saturday, April 4, 2020

3V Goshawks Ready to Fly

As Covid-19 bares down on North Carolina, Scott has been focused on getting us ready to shelter in place. We have fresh meat in the freezer and a small garden in the works, but that hasn't stopped him from churning out some knives too. Eight Goshawks are the fruits of his workshop labors, while cherry tomatoes, lettuce, mustard greens, and onions have been planted and are doing well so far. Sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, pole beans, and corn will be planted soon.

The Goshawk is a bird and trout designed for folks who liked the Piranha but wanted a full sized handle. Perfect for everyday chores and processing a wide range of game, the Goshawk is available in shaped wood and shaped or scalloped Micarta.  Pictured below from top to bottom are Curly Maple, American Chestnut, and Curly Koa.

Made from CPM 3V, a rust-resistant high carbon steel, 
3V Goshawk blades hold up extremely well with minimal care. 

While presentation grade wood is hard to beat when it comes to beauty, Micarta is hard to beat when it comes to hard use. Micarta is an excellent choice if you tend to be a bit abusive to your knives, and shaped and polished Micarta has a beauty all its own - Black, Green, and Maroon.

Scalloped Micarta is the most tactile handle option we offer. These work especially well when butchering animals as the texture helps you maintain grip in slippery situations - Green & Black.

3V Goshawk
Steel: CPM 3V
Finish: Belt
Overall Length: 7.70 inches
Blade Lengh: 3.25 inches
Handle: Wood or Micarta
Sheath: Leather with metal clip

All Goshawk sheaths are leather and attach with a secure clip by Discreet Carry Concepts. 

Goshawks are available on our website now. Thanks for looking and stay safe out there.