Blades By Baz

Humble beginnings.

Part of my journey in making things, was coming up with creative ways to fund my build projects, without breaking into my family’s income.

I got bored one day and made a couple of knives out of an old bandsaw blade and lawnmower blade. A friend invited me to a local forge for a knife-makers meeting. I was critiqued on my knife and given advice and the proper steel to progress.

Bandsaw blade, tie wire and scrap wood.
Lawnmower blade, (complete with bolt-hole), copper pipe, bras pins, random scrap wood.

One thing led to another and I built two of my own forges out of scrap metal. With sound advice from other knife-makers, I learned how to design and improve my own knives to a point that I could sell them to fund other builds. The knife-making community here got behind me for the Iron man project and brought my skill levels up very quickly so I could fund the suit.

Scottish Dirk etching
Scottish Dirk Brass casting
First forge utilising scrap metal
Second forge for longer blades
Heat-treating, (Hardening)
Dramatic improvement
My signature style of blade for a time
A change of styles.
My first cold-stamp thanks to Dar at
20 ton press for my stamp made of scrap metal.
Small improvements with every knife.
Basic tools, but effective.

My very first Japanese Kitchen knife, forged from scratch, under the experienced tuition of Adam Fromholtz, a very talented knife maker.
Hammer finished skinning knife,
Two hammer finished 1075 bushman’s knives with mustard patinas, one random splotch and the other in a faux-hamon style.
300 layer Damascus fighter. Deer antler and Australian hardwood handle with recycled brass from rifle ammunition.
1075 carbon steel whittling knife. Stabilised red gum handle with recycled brass and G10 fittings.