Archive for Forging

Instagram hammer-in August 26th!

Posted in Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, Forging, knifemaking, metalwork, Tool Making with tags , , , , on August 23, 2017 by Jim



Saturday August 26th, 2017 (1pm CDT) – four of us are going to do an Instagram hammer-in (#instagramhammerin) for you all to watch. We will each forge a knife of our own design, starting with the same sized stock, forge for two hours, and show a picture of the blade every 10 minutes or so.

There will be four smiths working   ABS Mastersmith Lin Rhea, Forged in Fire contestant Robert Burns (Wilderness Ironworks)  , blacksmith instructor Matt Jenikns (Cloverdale Forge), and me.

This is not a contest. No prizes will be awarded – it’s just for fun and hopefully the pictures will be an educational resource for new bladesmiths.

We hope you follow along, ask questions, and enjoy these great smiths (and me) showing us their forging step by step. Follow along by watching the hashtag #instagramhammerin







From paper to blade!

Posted in Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, brutdeforge, design, design sketch, knifemaking, metalwork, template making, templates with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by Jim

Video, video, video, I made another video.

This shows how I take a rough forged blade, try several different final designs for it on paper, and transfer the best design onto the blade for accurate grinding.

It’s funny, but it took me a year to figure out this really simple way to transfer the paper pattern onto the steel easily and accurately.

Happy making,


Video – Forging a pocket knife blade

Posted in Blacksmithing, bladesmithing, brutdeforge, metalwork with tags , , , , on June 17, 2017 by Jim

I posted a video this morning show how I forge a fixed blade pocket knife

I hope to follow up with further videos showing all the steps till the knife is done. This one is forged from 1084 steel (1″ x 1/4″)

Thanks for stopping by,



Forging a bottle opener from a bolt

Posted in Blacksmithing, bottle opener, EDC, Forging, Gear Making, metalwork, Tool Making with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2017 by Jim

I posted a video on YouTube showing how I forge one of my large bolt bottle openers.


Thanks for stopping by,