When it comes to smithing and armor, I have little experience with the crafts. However, I have quite a passion for making things with my hands and also for weapons and armor, so I intend to continue and eventually take some blacksmithing classes.
In high school, I completed a project on swordsmithing and I spent sixty hours in total working at a forge where I made a long knife, a short sword, and a pendant.
This was the first time I had ever worked in a forge and I had only my research and one person who could offer me some very basic smithing advice. The lady who helped me had had some experience in artist blacksmithing, but had never forged a blade. I set to work at my first available chance because this was something I had wanted to do since I was ten years old.
Smithing is some of the most difficult work I have ever done, but I enjoyed every moment I spent at the forge. The blades I made were never intended to be functional. Since these were my very first projects, I used low carbon or mild carbon scrap steel in order to eliminate cost for the project. I knew it would turn out crude, so I didn’t want to waste any good materials.
I began with small square stock and took twelve hours to make a long knife just as practice before I began on my sword, which was originally intended to be a longsword (pictured above). I failed to have any pictures taken of the forging process for the knife, but I took photos after the completion.
After forging the blade, I heated the square stock area that would be the handle with an oxy-acetylene torch and used two pairs of vice grips with ground off teeth in order to twist the handle. I then ground and sanded the blade. It didn’t turn out well, but I didn’t expect it to. I just did my best with the full intention of perfecting my art through practice.
My next project, as said before, was intended to be a longsword with a swept single edge, but I later found stress fractures at the midpoint from where I attempted to flatten out the arch created by working one side too much, but I allowed the steel to get too cool, so it fractured. I ended up having to cut it off and make a short sword.
The short sword project was never completed, but I still intend to finish it someday though this project is now four years past. Despite my many mistakes, I am pleased with my accomplishments using only research and hard work. I intend to learn from a real smith someday and continue to improve!