Blacksmith coal forging classs and the tools I made there. #5: Bend knife / spoon knife

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-26-2019 12:46 PM 829 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Bend knife / spoon knife
from blade to knife

Just realized I had enough pictures to make this part two, so that’s why you get it now and not in the first part.

This is the blade I made at the blacksmith class, with the Viking blacksmith Jonas Bigler, here in Denmark, on Zealand close to my home town Copenhagen.

Here I will share the final steps in the blade, since I was not completely happy with what I had made…

Once I was home with the blade, I was not happy…
First of all I would like the finish to be higher and I did not like the curves on the cutting edge, Jonas and I produced while making the edge, it would never get to cut even, without hours of sharpening.
So back in the forge for a re heat and slow cool, so the metal could be soft again and I could put some more work into it.

Before heating it, it had made the curve even again and this was how it looked after that..

So fist some reshaping on the Supersander, it’s a wonderful tool for curves.

That’s better, rough but better.

Now the inside on the drill press with a sanding wheel, that could match the curve.

After grit 120, it looks like this and I’m happy.

So reheating to cherry red and quenching in oil to harden.

Then an hour at 200°C and we got a blade.

This is what I ended up with, really love the texture.

Smooth curves baby.

And the back before the final sharpening, where the scratches will be gone and the mirror will appear.

Then with a tool hand jig I made for this and future projects, I cut a handle.
(Found the jig on the web and had to make my self a version).

Just a few cuts and a handle is born.

Finally second from the top, the bend knife is done and ready to be used.

Hope this post can inspire others to make their own tools or taking a blacksmithing class.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 04-26-2019 01:19 PM

That is really a cool jig for making handles!

A beautiful family of Mads made tools!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-26-2019 03:49 PM

Nice and a mighty handy little knife that will be!!

Cheers, my friend!!!!.........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 04-26-2019 05:58 PM

Nice jig for the handle, Mads!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-29-2019 01:27 AM

Thanks for the additional information. ;)
I hope that you get much enjoyment from your new tools.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 05-22-2019 02:58 PM

And thank you for the comments.
Druid, I hope soo too. ;-)
Dave, Thanks.
Jim, it cuts like a knife in butter.
lew, I try to keep them some how related, but that they all get to be unique. Smiles.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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