As this is a *bladesmithing* forum, I want to try to warp back towards some thoughts on cutting edges.
The very first things I forged out were knives. I (thankfully?) don't have images of most of those. Honestly, they were mostly pretty pathetic! The shapes were determined as much by the way I managed to butcher the steel with the hammer, as any prior intent to design. I still actually have one of my early pieces, about a 14 inch, very light weight double edge, forged from a large file.
|'Gut Ripper' - about 1979 : all hand tools in the creation, file steel with walnut & brass|
So this is the first dynamic for me : Creating blades has always been about the *forging process*, not the grinding and polishing.
I did drop away from blacksmithing for about five years in the early 1980's, mainly out of a lack of any kind of working equipment. (I was living in rented places in down town Toronto at that point.) I was doing a lot of costume jewelry at the time. Quite literally, as a good amount of it were things for SCA costumes. I was working as a casting technician at a dental lab. Both gave me at least the basics of fine metalworking. I did a large amount of standard 'Russel Green River' blades with etched patterns in this period. Regardless of all this, I really have never been that interested in the *embellishment* of knife handles.
|'Dea's Knife' - about 1982 : commercial blade blank, etched, german silver|
This might mark one classic definition between 'Art' and 'Craft'.
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