A few months ago, a friend of mine and I were discussing him coming out for a weekend and possibly making a knife. We played with the idea and went back and forth trying to get the scheduling worked out but finally he was able to come out and spend the weekend. We started forging the blade on Friday when he got in to town. It was a lovely 94 degrees outside and about 110 in the forging shop. Saturday we worked on profiling the blade and heat treated it. We then finished the grind Saturday night and the handle early Sunday morning.
We had a good time together and it is always good to see an old friend. The most rewarding experience was showing him how I do things and the processes that are used to take a piece of steel and create a knife. He admitted to me that before he came out, he thought it would be a short and easy process. His eyes were opened and he had a grand time soaking in the information. It was nice to be able to talk to someone about what I do and them have a basic understanding of what I am talking about.
While we were making the knife, I made him do most of the work. It is definitely not perfect and I had to take over a few times to fix a couple minor issues that came up. But it is a knife of his own design that he forged and made, I just helped him out a little bit when he got stuck.
The knife was forged from an reclaimed file I had laying in the shop and the wood is spalted pecan from Texas. It turned out to be quite a nice little slicer.