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Old 03-24-2015, 04:34 PM
Jason Fry Jason Fry is offline
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Forged knife from a drag harrow

About five years ago, just a little way into my knifemaking journey, I was in a stage where I was scrounging materials from all over. One of the things I came home with was a drag harrow tooth from my great-grandfather's farm near Spicewood, TX. It was too large for the capability of my forge at the time, so it sat on my workbench waiting on a "round tuit." Last July, I built a forge that could handle it. Last November, at a Big Country Knife Club hammer in, I finally forged the blade. Now that we're into March, I finally have the blade finished out. I figured with the rustic background of the steel, I should go with a complete rustic theme, and since it was family steel, I'd use family wood. We had our hardwood floors in our house refinished in January, and this material is some of the red oak floor boards. They were stamped on the backs as harvested in 1955 and milled in Gilmer, TX. A wrought iron guard, fluted ferrule, and fileworked finial finish out the package. This knife was built takedown, but is now glued. The right hand sheath is tooled with an oak leaf theme, to match the traditional "vibe" and the handle material. The steel is unknown, but tests at RC 59. The knife has a 600 grit hand finish and a convexed edge grind. Oal is 10 1/2" with a 5 3/8" blade. The blade is about 1/8" thick at the ricasso, with distal taper.

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Old 03-24-2015, 08:34 PM
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ATalley ATalley is offline
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Fantastic knife, Jason! And I love the history of the materials, its great example of 'custom' work.


"We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends." Shel Silverstein
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:13 PM
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Great looking knife and story to go with it. Thanks for posting
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:32 AM
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I've been told drag harrows are 1095, but who really knows? Regardless, that is a sharp knife, no pun intended, and the oak and wrought give it a nice rustic vibe... clean work man.

A good friend told me one time about forging "What is there not to like, you get to break all the rules you were told as a kid, don't play with that it is sharp, don't play with fire, and don't beat on that"
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:08 AM
CWKnifeman CWKnifeman is offline
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Jason turned out really nice. Most of the older farm implements are either 1095 or 1084. Wish that I had got some of my grandparents disc and harrows when I was younger.
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