From the Forge

A Blacksmith on the Roof

A.J. Drew taking a break from forging steel

When forging hand made knives and other steel goods next to an open coal forge, a guy needs a break now and then.  So this blacksmith occasionally takes to the roof of his building at the Kentucky Highland Renaissance Festival.…

Church Key Bottle Openers


There are a million and one ways blacksmiths forge bottle openers.  Some are down right confusing.  More so if you pick them up after you’ve already uncapped and finished a few.  Once you know the secret of how to use…

Railroad Spike Knives


Despite the many claims that railroad spikes make for great knives, the carbon content of a rail road spike knife is not generally high enough to provide good edge retention.  Even the more modern HC rail road spikes fall far…