Sunday, March 13, 2011

East Meets West in the Kitchen

Scott was recently commissioned to make a unique knife. The customer wanted a slicer/carver with a Japanese look. The knife looks like a sushi blade, but sharpens European style. It has a single bevel, a clay hamon, and a faceted handle made of black and white ebony, accented with ram's horn and a mokume ferrule, and peened together via a single nickel-silver pin.

Steel: W1
Handle: Black and white ebony, ram's horn, black vulcanized spacers, ns pin, and mokume ferrule
Finish: Hand-rubbed
Blade: Ultra-thin Wharncliff
Overall Length: 18 1/4 inches
Blade Length: 12 1/4 inches
Blade Thickness: 0.110 inches
Weight: 9.8 ounces

The following links go to a couple of videos taken before the knife was finished. The first video shows the knife in action sans a handle, and the second video shows Scott sharpening the knife using a Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker

A handleless test drive

How to sharpen a Japanese-European hybrid knife


Thursday, March 10, 2011

ABS Journeyman Performance Test Videos

Click the links below to view videos of the ABS Journeyman Smith Performance Test that Scott passed in January of this year. I just aquired them from Shelly Knight, who shot the footage. Shelly is the wife of ABS Mastersmith Jason Knight - Scott's Mentor.

Journeyman Performance knife CUTS ROPE

Journeyman Performance knife CHOPS FIRST 2x4

Journeyman Performance knife CHOPS SECOND 2x4 and still shaves

Journeyman Performance knife BENDS TO 90 DEGREES without breaking

Scott says, "Thanks for watching!"

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Great Smoky Mountain Bladesmithing Symposium and Knife Show

On Thursday March 3rd, Scott and I packed the truck, picked up the boys, and headed west to Clyde, NC for the 2011 Great Smoky Mountain Bladesmithing Symposium and Knife Show. A great time was had by all - here are some of the highlights.

Watching ABS Mastersmith Joe Keesler demonstrate and checking out his knives.

Battle of the Bladesmiths - Watching ABS Mastersmiths Burt Foster, Joe Keesler, Jason Knight and James Rodebaugh battle it out to see who could forge and complete the nicest knife in 2 hrs.

Keesler completed his knife in an hour and fifteen minutes, but Burt won the popular vote.

Cutting Demonstration - Guinea Hog Forge's own E. Scott McGhee competed against 13 others to see who could chop a 2x4 the fastest, cleave a golf ball in half, stab a tennis ball, spear and pop a small water balloon, and cut a 1" free-hanging manilla rope in one pass (some ropes were double and tripled to add difficuly and points). The one with the highest total score won.

Burt took the prize again.

Butch Sheely demonstrated tomahawk forging

Forging over green coal

Can't wait 'til next year.