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Andersen Forge has finally moved.

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Karl B. Andersen, Sep 28, 2012.

  1. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    It has been a really, really long haul. :eek:
    But, I have finally moved my house and shop 650 miles north to northern Minnesota. (I heard wolves howling across the river two nights ago!)
    After weeks of pulling things out of crates and tubs, basically re-building my shop from scratch, from building walls, running electricity, gas lines, painting, etc., today I forged my first knife since leaving Illinois.
    I forged this Brut de Forge from a damascus billet I had made in Illinois to make my last knife there before moving.
    I will appropriately name this knife the "Illi-sota Hunter" and give it a little special treatment.
    I look forward to good things coming from Andersen Forge in the near future.

    Me in the new forging area:
    (You can see a little of the finish room in the back ground.)



    Beating on some hot steel:


    The "Illi-sota-Hunter"

  2. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    A peak inside the finish room, which is still a work in progress:

    Not much exciting here - I'll let the photos speak for themselves.






  3. John White

    John White

    Jun 23, 2007
    OK, Karl, let's get that beautiful clean new shop dirty!

    Happy new home,

  4. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    So, here is the current condition of the "Illia-sota Hunter"


    I wanted it to be a little different than the normal Brut de Forge.
    So, I have often felt the need for a little better fit of the scale that I normally get. Some folks may not realize that with the forged-in finger guard, it's impossible to lay the knife flat on a platen or sanding surface to get the handle sides flat.
    So - I milled mine in with a precise forward "stop" to the scales:


    Now, for the scales I used a piece of stabilized curly walnut from Northern California that I got from a new friend who IS! the guy who cut down the humongous walnut tree known as the "Cujo tree", as it was the tree in the front yard in the Stephen King movie "Cujo".
    This guy and his sons are tree specialist in Northern California and I've been able to get some really, really fantastically figured materials from them in the last few months.
    So, I just wanted something a little special for this knife.
    Here I have cut the block in 1/2 an am milling the mating sides:


    Then, over to the small mill to mill the leading edge of the scales:


    When done this way, they line up perfectly so the figure matches across the spine of the knife.


    That's all for now.
    The knife gets hot-blued this morning, final fit up (and I might mention the scales have three internal alignment roll pins. The spine has been mirror polished for the hot-bluing and I need it to go back in the same place for final fit up, which will include my "bulls-eye" pins inspired by Lin Rhea.
    I'll get pics up tomorrow - I hope.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2012
  5. Shaw Blades

    Shaw Blades

    May 18, 2009
    Nice shop Karl. That knife looks like it is going to be sweet.
  6. peterinct


    Dec 13, 1999
    CONGRATS Karl! The shop looks great as does the "Illi-Sota Hunter" so far.

    Will be anxious to see what's next.

  7. Burton Harruff

    Burton Harruff

    Oct 1, 2007
    Looks like a great shop Karl. Looks like higher ceilings than the last place right?
  8. Paul Savage

    Paul Savage

    May 22, 2005
    I don't know what your thinking karl . Nice shop , all set up and ready to go. Why you've even beat out a knife already. BUT....... You are living in Minnesota and that landing net is still hanging in the corner by your press ?
  9. Bailey Knives

    Bailey Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2004
    Looks good Karl. More pics of the shop! How big is it? What does it look like from the outside? How far from your house is it? I don't know why I wonder these things, but I always compare other shops to mine and I am amazed at some of the setups. (Knife looks great too)
  10. canineforge

    canineforge Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 21, 2005
    Good to see you back in the shop, Karl. Looks like you have made a successful move. Best of luck in the new location. :thumbup:

    - Joe
  11. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    Paul, that's the spare. The other one is in the boat - this one is for the cedar canoe I'm building this winter!
  12. Karl B. Andersen

    Karl B. Andersen

    Jul 27, 2003
    This help, Matt?
    30 X 40 with an addition coming in the Spring. :)

  13. bbingenheimer

    bbingenheimer KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 4, 2010
    Karl, I'm having a little shop envy right now. :D. To make the move from Ill. and get back up and runing this quick. You must have had a lot of help. Looks like you are well on the way to having things back in order.

    Glad for you, now finish that knife :D
  14. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    Looks great congrats

    Beautiful area
  15. Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Karl, you look right at home there like you have been there for years.
    The best of luck to you sir in your new shop!
  16. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Great job on your shop, very well done and I'm sure you're going to enjoy it. :cool:
  17. Bailey Knives

    Bailey Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 18, 2004
    Yeah, Karl, that helps...helps making me jealous! Someday I will be in your neck of the woods, and I plan on stopping in for a more comprehensive tour.
  18. Swengen


    Mar 13, 2008
    Hey Karl! That was fast. Best of luck in your new location. Great
    looking knife. I'm proud to have a couple of your blades.

    Wayne in IL
  19. Don Hanson III

    Don Hanson III KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2002
    Congrats Karl! Very good move brotha!!!

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