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A New Spoon Knife and a Sloyd Knife!

17 Jul 2014

I made this sloyd knife a few weeks ago to use for various carvings. I decided to document how I make these in some detail while making a new spoon knife.

Sloyd Knife

The Process

Start with a decent piece of tool steel roughly 2mm to 3mm thick. This reciprocating saw blade should do fine. It must be a steel that can take a heat treatment.

Sloyd Knife

Layout the general shape of the blade.

Sloyd Knife

Profile the blade blank. Here, I used a grinder and hand files.

Sloyd Knife

Sloyd Knife

Sloyd Knife

The complete blank.

Sloyd Knife

Sloyd Knife

Here's the forge that I use. Its just a brake drum from a pickup truck with a pipe attached underneath for airflow. There's also a piece of sheetmetal in the bottom with some holes drilled in to keep the charcoal from falling through. I attach the output of a shopvac for airflow.

Sloyd Knife

Sloyd Knife

Lighting the Forge.

Sloyd Knife

Sloyd Knife

Hammering the shape around a small pipe, held in a vise.

Sloyd Knife

A video of the final heat treatment.