An Introduction... Hi!
Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:22 PM
I am a senior at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I am an art major specializing in Glassblowing, but if I were able to declare a second specialization, it would be metal. I have two years experience with the "small" metals (copper, brass, nickel-silver, silver, gold) and about 5 months of experience with the "large" metals (steels of many types), not to mention my 5-6 years of experience with chainmaille of various types and metals. In the Fall of 2011, I enrolled in the Beginning Blacksmithing class taught by another member of the ABS, currently seeking Journeyman status (name withheld). Normally, the final project of that class is a decorative window grille, or a large sculpture, but due to the fact that the graduate student teaching the class specializes in bladesmithing, we were given an option that no class had been given before: we were allowed to choose to make a kitchen knife.
My first knife was what I like to call a French-ified Santoku Chef's knife. Full-Tang, W-1 sandwiched between two pieces of etched wrought iron, padauk teardrop handle with brass pins. It was a decent knife, and I gave it to my significant other for Christmas.
I currently have access to the entire L. Brent Kington Smithy, and I just ordered more W-1, as well as my own files and waterstones. I may soon order some 5160, but am hesitant to as I have never used it before...
(If anyone has a link to a site where I might be able to buy small amounts of wrought iron, that would be wonderful, as I would like to finish a set...)
Well, I suppose this has been a rather long introduction, but I would like to say that I look forward to conversing with many of you in the future.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 09:32 PM
Welcome to the American Bladesmith Society and the ABS Forum and thank you for introducing yourself.
You will find that 5160 is a good steel to start making knives with and I am sure that Master Smith Kevin Cashen will be offering you some expert advice on heat treating it.
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