Forging a Knife

Are you a knife lover and curious on how to start forging your very own knifes? It is not as hard to get started as you may think, but more advanced designs can be complicated. Today we will cover the basics of getting started.

To start, when talking about forging a knife, this means you start out with a piece of steel, that’s it. You shape it and form it the way you want, using an anvil (they’re not just for cartoons after all). Although, you can do it without the anvil or forge, but that’s a different process.

Plan Ahead

This is the first and maybe most important step, because if you don’t have a plan things get messy. First, start by making a sketch of what you want to make. If you can draw to scale what you’re wanting, that is best. This gives you a guide.

Gather your tools, such as gloves, hammer, metal ruler, your steel, etc.

The Forging

Things can be simple or harder depending on your plan. Straight blades are much easier compared to blades that will have curves, and larger curves are even more tricky (such as the choil). These curve are done with techniques on the anvil.

Upsetting the metal – This is when you smash the metal on the sides. This causes the edges to become thicker.

Offset Hammering – To get your curves, you will use this technique, by striking the metal to the side of the anvil horn.

Drop Choil

If you are going to do one of these, you need to start it early in the process, some do it prior to curving. The technique is called half-face hammering, and use the edge of the anvil.

Now that you know the basics to forging a knife, get out there are give it a try. After some practice, it gets easier to add curves and drop choil, but don’t be scared to try!