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Railroad Spike Knife. (Photo)

Discussion in 'Shop Talk Archive' started by Chris Crawford, Apr 14, 2001.

  1. Chris Crawford

    Chris Crawford

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    Apr 14, 2001
    This is my second Railroad Spike Knife to make. It's my fourth knife overall. The lenght of the knife is 8 1/2 inches. The blade is 5 inches long and just over 1 inch wide.

    You can see a picture of my first spike knife at: http://www.chriscrawford.com/knives/003-Spike1-b.jpg

    Enjoy the photo! Thanks -chris

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  2. Wow, that looks WAY nicer than the ones I have done.
     
  3. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump

    Dec 2, 1999
    Nice forge to shape job! Bruce B
     
  4. McAlpin Blades

    McAlpin Blades

    82
    Mar 15, 2001
    That is very unique. How do you tell if it is a high carbon spike or not as I have several laying around just waiting. Cory

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  5. NickWheeler

    NickWheeler

    Dec 3, 1999
    Hey, nice job!

    My second forging endeavor is just like that, but a dagger blade...exact same handle.

    I left mine really rough...i.e. "rustic." It will be for sale at the OKCA show - $3,500...it's a great rr spike [​IMG]

    Excellent job, let's see some other work! [​IMG]

    Nick
     
  6. Terry McMaster

    Terry McMaster

    213
    Jul 13, 2000
    Nice job Chris! Was the knob end of that spike marked at all? Those with "HC" raised letters on them seem to have higher carbon content than others. We tried making some out of those that didn't and couldn't get them hard. Sure is a beauty, can't wait to see more. Terry
     
  7. Chris Crawford

    Chris Crawford

    380
    Apr 14, 2001
    Thanks for all the comments! The end of the spike has the HC mark on it. However, I've not done the final heat treatment on it yet. Since this one will probably just sit around, I'm having trouble making myself stick it back into the fire and having to go through the scale removal on the blade again.

    I may heat treat it and just clean the scale from the edge and see how the knife looks black. This may look good if I can keep the scale thick and smooth on all parts of the knive except the edge.

    Thanks -chris
     
  8. C L Wilkins

    C L Wilkins

    Mar 18, 1999
    From what I have seen, I would leave it the way it is, Chris. Railroad spike knives are a nice novelty but not much for practical use.

    Nice job by the way.

    C Wilkins
     
  9. Chris Crawford

    Chris Crawford

    380
    Apr 14, 2001
    That's a good point. I think I'll leave it like it is. [​IMG] -chris

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  10. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump

    Dec 2, 1999
    Nick I might be willing to trade my $4000 ball-pein hammer battle axe head for your $3500 RR spike dagger. Bruce B
     
  11. NickWheeler

    NickWheeler

    Dec 3, 1999
    Well shoot Bruce, that sounds like a heck of an idea!!! [​IMG]

    I think I misplaced a decimal though, it was supposed to be $0.35

    Huh, imagine that [​IMG]

    Nick
     
  12. Mark Williams

    Mark Williams Moderator

    Nov 28, 2000
    Nice lookin spike Chris, the finish looks great on the blade. I think you should do the finish like it is now after final heat treat.
    Mark
     
  13. Chris Crawford

    Chris Crawford

    380
    Apr 14, 2001
    The finish is just hand rubbed with a 220 grit wrapped around an eraser. -chris
     
  14. dmelton

    dmelton

    164
    Jan 2, 2001
    Well it's about time you started using these forums! Nice work Chris, you keep pushing ahead of me like this and I'll quit. (just kidding!)
     
  15. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump

    Dec 2, 1999
    Nick I may be taking a loss but I will still trade ya straight across. Bruce B
     
  16. Bruce Evans

    Bruce Evans

    Sep 26, 1999
    Looks Good Chris...when ya coming back up to the shop so I can see it.
    Bruce

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  17. Chris Crawford

    Chris Crawford

    380
    Apr 14, 2001
    Thanks Bruce. I've been wanting to come back up, but I've been spending a lot of time each week in Jackson trying to get a project finished. I have to have it finished by the end of this month. I'm actually in Jackson now. As soon as this thing gets wrapped up, I'll be ready to take some afternoons off and come up. Thanks for the invitation! -chris
     

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