PierreC wrote:What sort of camera are you using? It is often possible to rig them to fire from a button on the floor that you step on. Add a tripod, and you have a very safe setup.
I love that knife, and am looking forward to more stuff on forged prods. Lately I keep wanting to find some place where the neighbors won't complain about the hammering noise.
PierreC I have a Canon A610. It has a 1/4 x 20 threaded spot for a tripod and I have camera tripods. I would have to use the timer and by the time I set the timer, run to the forge, get a hold of my project, grab my hammer and get back to the anvil......I wouldn't get there in time for the picture.
Your concern about making noise and the neighbors. Blacksmithing can make noise for sure. Normally its the big things and big heavy hammers that make the loudest noise. Small things like knives and this prod I use smaller hammers and not so hard blows. I very seldom ever use steel thicker than 1/4 inch. Also, if you notice in the second and third pictures you can see a big heavy chain that I wrapped around the waist of my anvil. This absorbs a huge amount of the ringing and noise. Old timers use to accomplish the same thing by placing a bag of lead shot over the horn.
Thanks for your comment on the knife. I thought long and hard about posting that picture. This is a crossbow forum and not a knife forum and I didn't want to have to go sit in the corner wearing the newbie dunce hat so soon. When forging, a carbon like scale can be hammered off of the project. Some folks brush this off. I don't, I like to hammer it back into the work. If you look real closely on picture 4 you can see on the surface of the prod tiny pits where this scale was hammered back in. Also just under the prod in the lower right you can see some of this scale.
When ever the project is cleaned up with an iron brush I will draw file the surface smoothing it up. It would be too time consuming to remove it all. But leaving some of the forging marks and these tiny pits, really adds a bit of antiquity to my projects. You can see it on the surface of the external spring I forged for the knife.
Thanks for your comments.