When we arrived at last month’s blacksmith meeting, the forge looked a wee bit different. I’d never seen a pot set on it before! We were going to see something new this time.
The challenge issued last month for the “make and take” was ‘anything with a blade’. There were some very interesting pieces.
This one is made out of a piece of wire cable.
Isn’t the blade wild?? The maker said it is basically a show piece as the cheap metal in the wire doesn’t hold an edge. Even so, I still think it’s great.
This “old man” knife made me smile.
A multipurpose tool! LOL
Quite a practical looking piece. You could cut some serious steaks with that.
A twisted handle (not made of cable).
This hacksaw is incredible. And it does have a blade!
These utensils are period piece reproductions that were done by the guest demonstrator.
He showed how to set a blade into a handle.
He had everyone’s full attention.
By now, the pot’s contents were boiling.
It was babbitt … a metal alloy for casting. I think he said this one was tin and lead.
The molten babbitt was poured into a collar around the blade and handle.
Once it set up, that blade was there to stay! He used the hacksaw to trim the excess and with a bit of filing it was smooth. Unfortunately my recently charged camera battery tanked out on me, so I didn’t get a photo of the finished knife. L