This is one of the few blades I managed to hand forge at the 2019 Kentucky Highlander Renaissance Festival. During most of the 2019 fair, I was completely wheel chair bound. I had a hose coming out of the amputation site on my right foot that led to a wound vacuum carried around my neck. Making things even more challenging, I had an eagle eyed wife making sure I stayed in my chair. But every now and then, she would run an errand and I would hobble into the forging pit.
The 4″ blade was hand forged in a coal / coke fire. It started as a 1/4 inch flat of 1075 spring steel. After forging and finishing, the blade is a bit under 1/8 inch. This is one of the last blades I was able to heat treat in my home smithy before we lost the farm. It was thrice normalized, quenched with a north south alignment, and then twice drawn / tempered to approximate 55 on the Rockwell scale. This makes for a nice balance between edge retention and ease of sharpening.
The 4″ hilt is Nubian Ibex horn finished with a hand rubbed tongue oil. I backfilled the horn with a high strength two part resin. The bolster is lead free pewter that I hand poured in place.