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Not. A Railroad Spike.

Jim L. Sep 14, 2016

  1. Jim L.

    Jim L. knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Someone one posted something a while back about using "rail clips" to forge knives. I came across a few some time ago and decided to give it a whirl.

    First thing was to straiten a 1 1/4 x1/2 in. omega shaped piece of steel into a workable bar (1 1/4 x 1/2 ×18 inch).

    Then cut a 3 in. chunk from that and chuck it into the forge. After about 4 hours total forging I had a piece of steel 1 1/4 x 1/4 x 4 1/2.

    After working a 12 hr. day, I was beat so I shut down for the night. Neighbors don't appreciate blacksmithing after 23:30 any way.

    Next day after even more clean up from Hermine (2 1/2 oak trees down = metric buttload of charcoal later), I was back at it. End result after another 2 1/2 hrs. Was a knife shaped object in the form of a full tang drop point hunter with oal of 8 in. with a blade length of 5 in. Thickness about 5/16 in. tapering to 7/32 at the butt. "Ping" test came out with a nice bell-like peal.

    All measurements are incrimants of "ish".

    I'll post more as work progresses. I wish this phone would let me post pics. Thanks for looking,

    Jim L.
     
  2. blevinsknives

    blevinsknives JDBA4L JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Me too! :bwah::devilcorn:
     
  3. Bango Skank

    Bango Skank Level: True Devil

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    I went on a hike the other day and at the top of the little mesa we walked to the was a transverse leaf spring off of some kind of Ford. The spring is stamped "Ford". They have not used that spring setup for quite some time. so I lugged it back to the forge and chopped it up. I am going to treat it like 5160. if anyone has any more info on these springs let me know. I plan to make two or three "combat" sized knives and a bunch of smaller utility knives. Maybe one short sword. the spring is about .25 inch thick if I remember right. they are going to be a rough and tumble bunch, I have no idea how long that spring has bee out there. There sure as hell wasn't any roads nearby.

    It is a true story. I think God left it there for me to find. That was a good day.
     
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  4. Jim L.

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    Wish we had pics to share.

    Jim L.
     
  5. desmodus

    desmodus Arc Sodium Administrator Lady Devil JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    pics or it didn't happen.
     
  6. desmodus

    desmodus Arc Sodium Administrator Lady Devil JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    don't know why these put up so much of a fight

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    sorry about them being out of order.
     
  7. Jim L.

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    Thanks for posting them, Des. All I can say is that every time I would try to post them I would get a response saying that the compression wasn't compatible.

    Jim L.
     
  8. desmodus

    desmodus Arc Sodium Administrator Lady Devil JDBA Official Member Brigade Member

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    Yea, I had to scale them down quite a bit.

    They were too damned big.
     

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