About Our Blades
Let me explain what we do here as far as what we make.
All of our work is hand forged. We feel that the forging process coupled with proper thermal treatment results is a blade that is superior to grinding alone.
Every item listed is hand made, one at a time. The blade steels are selected for their durability and suitability for the intended use. The grip materials are chosen not only for durability but also for their visual appeal. Overall we strive to make the best possible blade we can, after all it is my "name' that is on it!
The choice of a steel to make any blade is one of the most difficult to make. A blade, especially a sword must be hard enough to take and maintain an edge, yet not be so hard that it is brittle and risks breakage. It must also be tough enough to flex and return true, but not more than that, for then it could be too soft to stay sharp.
Years of research experimentation and down right "trial and error" have resulted in the steels we use. You will see that we employ an array of different steels and alloys, well suited for the intended purpose. We simply will not make any blade that "will not work" as it should.
For swords we use primarily 5160 which is a very tough and very good steel for this purpose, its low chrome content aids in deep hardening and the carbon content is more than enough to achieve the desired hardness but not so high as to become overly brittle. We also use L-6, another low alloy steel, well suited for rapiers. Even the venerable 1060, a great "simple" steel is used. each steel has its strengths and these are taken into consideration when we make a sword.
For daggers and knives we use mostly 1095 or 1084. Both are very good high carbon steels for knives and "smaller" blades. Their higher carbon levels mean a higher "over all" hardness than a sword, which is fine for a knife where cutting ability/edge holding is more "important" than flexing ability. However, we can on request use other materials such as: 0-1, W-2, 1060, WHC, A-2, D-2, Vasco-Wear, 1045, 52100 and others.
We will even hand forge stainless steels, but we will NOT fashion any blade longer than 10 to 12 inches in length out of this material as it is unsuitable for "larger" pieces due to its inherent brittleness. (Stainless steels are available at additional cost...) There very few smiths out there that are wiling or able to forge a decent blade from stainless steel but it can be done. Excellent choice for blades in moist
Last Updated (Friday, 30 November 2012 19:54)