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 Herb Knife and other Musings

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heelerau

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PostSubject: Herb Knife and other Musings   November 20th 2018, 2:06 pm

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Gents, my mate Gary who is both a farrier and blacksmith of many years ( second generation blacksmith) dropped over and we spent a few hours over a couple of days in my smithy. I made my second herb knife out of a small file, with Gary giving me a few of the finer points of smithing. I am largely self taught so getting a tune up saves me reinventing the wheel as they say.  Handle is a bit of apricot branch and the cross pin is a piece of no 8 soft fencing wire. Blade was hardened in canola oil.  
      Just yesterday dropped into a place owed by a chap who haunts farm clearing sales and buys and sells old mac
hinery and tools. I picked up the remains of a Buffalo post drill mod 611, it had still had the auto metic feed which I have now fitted to my own Buffalo mo 615. It works a treat and they are like rocking horse poop to find, have been looking for years. I did have to pay for it though, but there you are. P1030106 2 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr" />
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PostSubject: Re: Herb Knife and other Musings   November 20th 2018, 3:40 pm

Very nice. Some of those old machines work better than anything made today.  I wonder if an old horse shoe would make a good herb knfe.

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Knife and other Musings   November 20th 2018, 5:00 pm

I don't see why an old horse shoe would not make a herb knife, jus have to be a bit careful of the edge as shoe steel is relatively soft.

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Knife and other Musings   December 9th 2018, 12:20 pm

Hey this is fashioned after a colonial period vegetable chopper and like this one they were made by the village/settlement's blacksmiths from horseshoes. 

What is also interesting is in early times only the wealthy could afford shoeing, just how many veg. choppers were ever made early on?


I first found one in Maryland back in the 50's didn't know what it was until visiting Williamsburg in the mid 70's where they had several originals found there on display.  

Interesting item from everyone's past according to Williamsburg site.

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Knife and other Musings   February 23rd 2019, 5:03 am

Did a barrel lap in the smithy today on the Baker Fusil. I sure has made it nice for a patched ball to slide down now. Still plenty of pitting but judging how it went with the thick greased felt over powder wads and loaded easily then. Just noted a certain amount of roughness when seating the ball on the wad. Will get to shoot it on Sunday and see if it has improved.P1030153 by Gordon Hazel, on FlickrP1030156 by Gordon Hazel, on FlickrP1030157 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr

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PostSubject: Re: Herb Knife and other Musings   February 24th 2019, 2:28 pm

Knife making is really  Cool 
I'm a big fan of the TV show "Forged in Fire". Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Herb Knife and other Musings   March 9th 2019, 5:08 pm

That show breaks a lot of good looking knives that would never be treated like they do.  Dunno

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