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    Forgecraft Upgrade

    Here's a vintage Forgecraft chef's knife that came in for a facelift of sorts. Actually when I think about it I really body-lifted it as there's nothing that got left untouched on this one.

    I started with the blade which was too thick and had a lot of deep pitting along the bevel. I thinned this section down and removed as much of the pitting as possible but there's still some evidence present of it's former life of service.

    The Forgecraft pattern on the blade was reconditioned to show off better and the spine/choil were re-worked/rounded for comfort.

    This knife had a full tang but was converted to hidden and a new handle fashioned out of figured maple & ironwood burl along with nickel silver accents.

    In my opinion this knife is BADASS! If I had this knife I'd use the hell of it, it's just that nice.


    Please feel free to let me know what you think....
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    Nice stuff, Dave!
    I'm guessing the Forgecraft can be treated essentially as a flat-ish wide bevel knife (everything under the iconic pattern)?

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    I think this is my fave forgecraft makeover so far. The blade came out amazing, especially the tip looks pretty sweet. And the handle gives a modern touch to a vintage looking blade. This restorations are the reason why I almost picked up a forge craft from eBay a few weeks ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foody518 View Post
    Nice stuff, Dave!
    I'm guessing the Forgecraft can be treated essentially as a flat-ish wide bevel knife (everything under the iconic pattern)?

    I grind the bevel as one large entity but then I add a primary bevel (edge) just the original did. The thing to keep on mind is that the large bevel isn't anywhere near flat or stone ready, it'll need grinding to get to that point. Hell, even after I flatten it on my belts it's not stone flat so even if I flattened a Forgie for you it'd still require some sweat equity to make it match up with your stones.

    I recently saw pictures of a guy's efforts to re-do his Forgie on stones and man let me tell you how nice that thing was. I should send him an email and get him to post pictures in the general forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by valgard View Post
    I think this is my fave forgecraft makeover so far. The blade came out amazing, especially the tip looks pretty sweet. And the handle gives a modern touch to a vintage looking blade. This restorations are the reason why I almost picked up a forge craft from eBay a few weeks ago.

    Thanks val!

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    10/10 would rock this for sure. I think we all need to get Dave a big back stock of forgies ASAP.

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    Whoa! Definitely looks killer, Dave!
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    I think everything goes together very well on this piece. Nice job.

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    Wow!

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    Remarkable transformation. Congratulations on the impressive work.

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