Here are pics of blacksmith Nick Wheeler at his forge, along with a knife he made using antique real wrought iron in the guard and ferrule. What is a "ferrule", you ask? That's the circular metal ring that holds the blade's tang to the handle. Click on picture to enlarge image.
Here are a couple pictures of a knife crafted by John M. Cohea and some friends which will be raffled to raise money for the march of dimes. John made the handle using antique real wrought iron salvaged from the 1887 globe elevators.
The spacer on the handle is forged from 3/4" round rod, and the frame is from flat bar.
Here is a picture of a knife by bladesmith Dan Graves. All of the metal below the guard is antique real wrought iron salvaged from teh 1887 Globe Elevators.
You can see more of Dan's work at his website www.theknifemaker.com
Tracy Mickley, owner of Midwest Knifemakers Supply in North Mankato, MN, runs an awesome website. They carry everything you could ever want, including Real Wrought Iron reclaimed from the 1887 Globe Elevator.
MKS is passionate in their advocacy of bladesmiths. Bladesmiths, Mickley explains, are artists with finely honed skills: "They like wrought iron for the decorative grain pattern that can be brought out with some mild etching."
These two knives by the respected bladesmith Ray Richards are good examples of why experienced smiths like to work with Real Wrought Iron. Both the butt caps and the guards are made of Wrought Iron salvaged from the 1887 Globe Elevators.
Tom Megow, who admires Richards' work, explained that these guards and butt caps are made from a rod wide enough in diameter so that the pieces don't need to be forged. "The Wrought needs to be large enough to mill the pieces from a single slice of the round bar," he says. "The forging process can reduce the 'grain' that looks so good."
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