When pounding on iron, it might be a good idea to STOP when your arm is so fatigued that you can’t hit it where you want to…
I took my pile of iron and steel scrap and I have made a “stock knife shaped object” (SKSO?).
like I said, I only claim it is an object that is sort of the right shape. I was careful not to ruin the temper on the steel blade. So, I need to polish the edge , put a handle on it and see if the hardness of the edge is sufficient. If not I will have to make a LONG forge fire to re-harden the steel then into the kitchen oven to temper it.
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