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Forged in Fire
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I don't get into much TV these days but this caught my attention. I have a friend who is a blacksmith so I have an appreciation of how much work goes into making things in this fashion. I have made things in his shop with varying degrees of success, but I don't do it everyday.
I watched a guy last night grab a old railroad spike to make a blade with it after a major screw up on his part. That struck me because I have tried to make a blade out of a railroad spike. What he did in a few minutes took me all day to accomplish!

So did anyone else watch this on the History channel?
I know we have some blade makers here...what did you think of it?
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I caught last weeks episode. It was interesting. But I would like to see more education involved.
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Normanvin;167374 Wrote:I caught last weeks episode. It was interesting. But I would like to see more education involved.

I agree, some tricks of the trade would be nice.
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#4
Some of the RR spikes have a low carbon content and, while look very nice, don't perform well as knives. They make spikes just for the purpose of making knives and axe heads with. They have the right amount of carbon in them. So be wary.

Was looking for a link on where to buy them, but can't pull anything up. I bought a batch 15yrs ago for making throwing hatchets, but the company may have gone under.

Anywho. Here's a tutorial if anyone is interested: http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/tutor.ph...keaxe/demo
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#5
Several years ago while roaming around some railroad tracks I happened across a crate full of railroad spikes. Always meant to go back and grab a few, never did.
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It is my understanding, that special spikes are used in the turns, of which, are of a different grade of steel. It is those that are used in the making of weaponry, for their higher carbon content.
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spblademaker;167384 Wrote:Anywho. Here's a tutorial if anyone is interested: http://www.anvilfire.com/iForge/tutor.ph...keaxe/demo

Cool
That will be my next project. I'll only set foot in my friends shop in the winter time.

Last time I was near some train tracks there were buckets of spikes everywhere.
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The knife made out of a file had a nice look to it. I liked that it still had the file pattern left on blade.

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