Sunday, February 19, 2012

Valentine's Spear

What does the wife of a ABS journeyman bladesmith get for her birthday and Valentine's Day?

Anything she wants, of course. And this year I asked for a spear.


Scott forged the blade from 5160 tool steel, and it withstood multiple throws at a long-leaf pine stump without damage. The shaft did not hold up so great, however, as Scott shaped it from a rake handle he bought at Big Blue. It shattered after several throws, but that didn't stop us. We ripped out the shaft and tried it out as a throwing blade . . .  which was even more fun! Scott has promised to refit the spear with a hickory shaft and make me a throwing knife to boot. Now that's a deal!

Friday, February 17, 2012

JS Test Knife Professional Photos

Eric Eggly of Point 7 Studios took some shots of Scott's JS test knives at the San Antonio show. I love taking pictures, but I'm no professional and don't claim to be, so we take these photo opportunities when we can. My favorite is Eric's group shot, which can be really difficult given the different handle colors and the reflection off all those blades.

 Thanks Eric!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

E. Scott McGhee Receives ABS Journeyman Smith Certification

On Friday, January 27th at 9:15 am, E. Scott McGhee came out of the judging room in San Antonio with a smile on his face and a load off his shoulders. After laying down his five best knives at 7:45 for the inspection of master and journeyman smiths, the judges finally presented their verdict, and seven out of seven gave him the nod. Later that day, Scott and several other ABS knife makers picked up their JS stamps.

Scott will continue to work as an arborist part-time but with stamp in hand plans to increase the amount of time he spends at home forging knives. Now a new journey begins - the quest become a full-time knifemaker and a master bladesmith . . . think "Damascus, Damascus, Damascus".