A visit to a hand forged knife makers shop

I recently had the opportunity to visit the workshop of hand forged knife maker, Bill Wiggins, in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  His shop is located in a beautiful cove.  This knife was forged from a bar of 1084 carbon steel.  Bill is an active member of the American Bladesmith Society.  You can find more information about ABS at …www.americanbladesmith.com

After Bill has hammered and rough forged the knife, he begins to grind and shape the knife.


This photo shows the knife after some grinding and shapingfor-blog4-2

Here Bill is grinding the scales (handles). Desert Ironwood was used for the handles.for-blog4-3

This is the knife maker Bill Wiggins and a very happy recipient of her new knife.for-blog4-4namesize