The 3″ blade on this trade knife was hand forged over a coal and coke fire. It started out as a 1/4 inch flat. After forging and finishing it is about 1/8 inch at its thickest. The blade was normalized after forging, again after finishing, and a third time for good measure. It was then quenched in oil and drawn / tempered twice.
The three and a half inch hilt is shed white tail deer antler. The center was drilled and hollowed out with a tiny rasp. First, I poured lead free pewter in place as the bolster. Then I filled the space between antler and tang with resin from the pommel end. I added some opalescent green to the resin so it would have an attractive pommel that locks the tang in securely. I do not recommend trying to drive a tent stake with it, but it would make an attractive bodice, neck, or sock knife.