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Raymond Richard
11-29-2011, 01:13 PM
I finally got the old knife making machine to fire on most of the cylinders. Here's the latest two I have been working on. The smaller one has a 4" forged saw steel blade, iron fittings with a piece of deer or elk stag for the handle. Overall its just over 8". The larger knife is one I hand forged from a 7/8" X 2" cylindrical 52100 bearing. Anything larger out of 52100 I would not attempt to do by hand. The blade is just over 4 1/2" and it has wrought iron fittings with a piece of sambar stag as the handle. Overall its just over 9". Both have my two ply cowhide sheaths.

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ddavelarsen
11-30-2011, 03:13 AM
Those are freakin awesome Ray. Can't figure out which one I like the best, so I vote for the pair. You must have some kind of arm on you, to forge down from a 2" bearing. I can't even imagine that.

Raymond Richard
11-30-2011, 12:17 PM
Those are freakin awesome Ray. Can't figure out which one I like the best, so I vote for the pair. You must have some kind of arm on you, to forge down from a 2" bearing. I can't even imagine that.

Dave, Cylindrical is the magic word when I discribed the bearing I used. 7/8" in diameter by 2" long. Now if this was a 2" round ball bearing I would not attempt to hand forge it. I've got an arm of a 64 1/2 year old man. :D

Sean Cochran
11-30-2011, 02:34 PM
You must have some kind of arm on you, to forge down from a 2" bearing. I can't even imagine that.

Thats what I was thinking.

Great looking pair of knives Ray

Raymond Richard
11-30-2011, 04:42 PM
Here's some photo's I took while forging the bearing for the one blade. I'm just going to show up till I got the tang forged in this post since I don't think I can get all the photo's in this one reply. Any questions just go ahead and ask. 52100 is the stiffest carbon steel I have forged especially when its in larger chunks.

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