What really are the benefits of forging a blade? Forging is more flexible in terms of what you can achieve. Forging also refines the structure of the steel. Drop forging and rolling does indeed impart some of the benefits of forging to a stock removal blade, however. once you start grinding away material, the grain […]
The medieval dagger was a tool and weapon carried by low and high alike. There is a great deal of evidence that it was more popular than we may have thought. Daggers were an excellent alternative to a larger and more cumbersome weapon such as a sword and in some places swords were illegal to […]
In my opinion there are few blades more useful and more interesting than a classic hand forged medieval handmade dagger! Two edges for greater cutting versatility, a perfect point for puncturing, well balanced and with a functional guard. My most recent dagger is the one pictured here. I’m calling it the Warder. Warder means to […]
The concept of a handmade sword is easily defined. It is a sword that has been crafted in part or whole without by hand. This can actually mean quite a few different methods. Many blades today are constructed using the stock removal method. Stock removal is the process of grinding or machining the steel until […]
A handmade knife handle is, in my humble opinion, the second most important aspect of a knife design. Like any tool, where you hold it determines how frequently you will use it. You can have the most useful blade design with the best steel and heat-treatment in the world and with a shoddy handle, you’ll […]
Many people say that there is a distinct difference between a machine made knife and a hand forged blade produced in the old world manner of anvil and hammer. Some would argue the major differences arise from the nature of the materials involved or the shaping of the blade itself. This is a long standing […]
Here are three hand forged blade blanks that will soon be made into finished pieces. The top blade is forged from ATS-34 stainless steel and is one of our “Camp Knife” models. It has about two inches of serrations on its seven inch blade. It has been heat-treated and is ready to be hilted. The […]
At Forged in Time, we hand-forge every blade. That means we heat the steel in a coal forge to an average temperature of 1900° Fahrenheit and shape it by striking it with a hammer against an anvil.