Earlier this year I was invited to be part of a metal artists demonstration at Red Cod Forge in Nanoose Bay. At the event, someone brought some bridge spikes and some wrought iron bars reclaimed from the forest. The spikes would have originally held timber bridges together along the old logging roads.
This letter opener was forged (at another demonstration, for a local third grade class) from half of one of those bridge spikes and still bears some of the original mill scale (harder and darker than forge scale) on its surface. A twist, a taper, and the hot cut pommel just as it came off the anvil. A lower carbon blade, this knife will not hold a true edge but has been given a hand filed letter opening edge. The blade is 3.5″ long and the overall length is about 8.25″.
Material: Reclaimed steel bridge spike