This piece of steel was dozed up when a friend was doing some landscaping. It was obvious that it was a leaf spring, probably from a buggy or from some sort of horse drawn farm equipment, It had been in the ground for a very long time. I was concerned about using an unknown steel but heat treated it like I would 1095 with good results. A file will not cut the steel and I did some chopping on hardwood without the edge chipping so I am confident that this will make a very usable knife. The end of the spring had a nice taper which gave a natural distal taper to the blade. (I bet spring makers in those days never heard the word "distal" in their work). An interrupted quench gave me a very interesting quench line.
The only forging required was to straighten and anneal the spring
Flat grind with a Scotch-Bright finish
Deeply pitted flats and spine
Curly maple handle
Overall length: 12 3/4 inches
Blade:8 1/2 inches
$165 Which will include postage to the US or Canada. My PayPal and email address is email@example.com Please contact me for other payment methods.
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