|The "Green Beast"|
I later picked up an Enzo Trapper blade in O1 steel from Ben's Backwoods. This I handled with amazing stabilized dyed maple burl as a gift for a long-time friend. The scales, when polished, are reminiscent of VanGogh's Starry Night, which is what I named it.
|Enzo Trapper: "Starry Night"|
|First stock removal knife|
|Second complete knife|
I'm currently working on my third knife, and am steadily improving my technique and learning from mistakes (do not let your magnet touch the super heated steel in the forge while checking to see if the blade is hot enough to loose magnetism... it leaves permanent divets in the steel).
I've found that the Internet is a great resource for people trying to learn new skills, but it is still no replacement for personal apprenticeship and teaching. Unfortunately I do not know of any knife makers in my area. However, I've been lucky to have some friendly folks I've met online help me virtually, and I'll continue to slowly learn through trial and error. I doubt I'll be moving onto forging my own blade steel or hammering out my own blades, but I'm sure I'll continue to dabble in basic knife making for a while yet, even though these early results are rough at best.