We got our home forge set up in part 1 of this article. In this second and final part, we offer a quick review of the steps necessary to flatten and draw out raw steel into a workpiece and how to forge the blade, point and handle. We also review the necessary thermal treatments and finishing operations to the final product.
In part 1 of this article, we discussed how to get started forging your own knife. We considered the tools that you would need, the selection of a knife design, the selection of the right steel and making a simple forge for use at home. Now that we’ve gotten this far, it’s time to get to work.
Most, if not all, heat treaters – whether they like to admit it or not – enjoy the challenges that present themselves when confronted by a new material or the need to develop a new process recipe to achieve specified properties or results.