Testing, testing, 1 2 3

So, lately Maria has been suggesting that I start filming my knife tests.

I think it’s a good idea, but I’m just not sure how it would go. We are trying a test of a test..she filmed me while I tested the sharpness of the competition chopper I just finished.

Hmm.. here goes nothing:

Im not real sure how this will look here. But like I said, it’s just a test.

I was impressed with how the knife cut the water bottles, although I did have to slim down the handle a bit. It cut the first two bottles well, and then the handle twisted some in my hand.

My knives tend to sell slowly this time of year only to pick up in the fall. This gives me time to make them and get them listed.

Meanwhile, Maria’s tie dye is doing well.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If you are raising chickens and don’t have an egg collecting apron from No Harm In Farmin, then you are truly missing out. Whether it is tie dyed or otherwise.

Maria and I hope you have a great week. If this video thing starts to pan out I think I will upload them to YouTube as well as here on our blog.

All the best,

Chad

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You just never know when you are going to get it right.

Hey everybody, hope your week is going well.

I spent a day today making a knife. I know, big shocker. Haha

When making a knife you’ve got to harden and heat treat the blade. For people like me this can be a hit or miss operation. If you have thousands of dollars for special equipment it can be quite easy. If you operate like I do (on a shoestring budget) then its always a gamble. The only way to really tell is to test it after you’ve put in hours of work.

I’m pretty confident with this process, especially when I’m familiar with the steel I’m using, but it can always go bad.

Today as I was finishing a competition chopper, I had a little mishap that tested the blade for me.

I was drilling the handle material for the pins and the drill bit got bound in the hole. This caused the blade to spin like a helicopter blade. I had already heat treated and sharpened the blade so this was super dangerous and I was not happy. Luckily, the blade was long enough that as it spun, the edge struck the steel upright on the drill press with a whole lot more force than I could have done by hand.

I was initially pissed, until I examined the edge. NOT 1 SINGLE MARK!!!!!

That let me know that my hardening and tempering was done correctly and that the blade I had made would stand up to huge amounts of abuse.

Here is that beauty:

So even if that human flaw of self doubt tries to creep in on you while you work, be confident. Have faith in what you do, do it well, and know at the end of the day that you are a pro.

All the best,

Chad

Fresh ideas and new favorites…

I absolutely LOVE making knives. I enjoy the process, from the raw steel to the final polishing. It amazes me to see what comes from that process. I make knives out of my own head as far as matching blade style to handle material, etc, but I also do custom orders. The custom orders are usually what gets me excited. People are very creative and can come up with some wonderful combinations that I would have never thought of.

It seems though, that after hours of thinking and planning, I do come up with a new design and once it comes to life it becomes my new favorite knife. I very rarely make two knives exactly alike. I like the individualism of each one.

Last week my favorite was this beast:

But, the one I just finished today now has become the new favorite.

Its got a 200 layer Damascus blade, stainless steel guard and bolster, and a dyed bone handle. I think it looks like a thunderstorm cloud, to include the silver lining.

I would add some of Maria’s projects, but the egg collecting aprons have been flying out of the door, and she’s been busy seeing those. I really don’t know how anyone has chickens without one of her aprons.

We hope you all have a great week.

Chad

Busy days of hand crafted bliss…

Maria and I have been busy, busy, busy with a lot of things. Having “day jobs” always sucks, but it’s necessary right now. Then we have been working on the farm a bit at a time. Here at the nexus of our Etsy shop we have been working as hard as we can go.

Maria is always tie dying. She keeps coming up with new patterns for he best selling serving apron on top, she also makes these cool banners from tie dye scape. The coolest ( in my opinion ) thing she makes are these cool egg collecting aprons. They have individual pockets so your eggs aren’t all in one basket and it keeps them from breaking.

And of course we have the dog bandanas she makes being modeled by our shop manager and resident model, Fletcher.

I’ve been getting some blades done. I had a couple of custom orders for knives to finish. I’ve also been working on a couple of swords.

The swords are for a friend of mine to test and beat up. There is a spin off of Forged In Fire called “knife or death” where the contestants either forge their own blade or buy one and then use them in a variety of challenges. My friend has applied for the show so we want to have a blade ready for him. The first one is this Roman Gladius.

It’s made from 5160 spring steel. It has a fuller groove the length of the blade, and the handle is made from Bethlehem olivewood on the ends and laurel for the grip. It’s a beast of a sword but surprisingly light.

So that’s where we are, we hope you all have a great week.

And remember, you can check out noharminfarmin on etsy, or http://www.noharminfarmin.com to see more of our work!

Chad