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.
This article is intended to guide the home forging enthusiast in setting up a forging shop to make knives. It is excerpted from my book on knifemaking, which was published in 2020 by Fox Chapel Publishing. Part I will take you through setting up your home forge; blade design and material selection; and making a simple forge using a propane torch as a fuel source.
Check out the October 2020 issue of FORGE, featuring our cover story on "Fever Screening and Forging Quality". Other features include "Forging with Hybrid Steel", "FutureForge in Scotland: The Goldilocks Effect", and much more.