Finally found me one...

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by Zane71464, Oct 30, 2012.

  1. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    I spent a weekend at the Bob Evans Farm Fest. here not too long ago and found a Blacksmith that made RailRoad Spike knives.
    So, after going ahead and buying all three that he had, (gave two away as gifts) I took the one I liked the best and done a "bit" of filing/honing and grinding and found it did actually have "maybe" enough carbon in it to make for a "make shift blade".
    I still havent got it the way I want it yet and have alot of work to do with it, but thought I'd share a few pics of it thus far. (holding a decent egde as is, but got alot of work to do on it!) I wished I would have taken some, "before" pics of it as it was a bit rough, to say the least.

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  2. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    ..and the end of it and still gonna take the time to find out what RailRoad it might'a come from.

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  3. 1LoneWolf75

    1LoneWolf75 Active Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    Farson WY
    That's one cool knife!!! I always though it you could flatten it and sharpen it they will hold one heck of an edge. So if ya could will you let me know if I'm right?
    Really cool find there!!!!
  4. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    Thanks 1LoneWolf. From what I have read and heard, the older RR spikes
    were made with a low carbon "content" and the newer ones are made of a bit
    better metal with higher carbon in them. (and someone correct me if I'm wrong here, please.)
    Years ago I had an old one and it wasnt marked and done some grinding on it, and it was "soft" and the sparks while putting it to the grinder were different.

    Out of the three that I had got from the BlackSmith, I did a bit of grinding on one that I eneded up giveing away and it wasnt marked on the end like the one pictured I posted that I'm working on.

    I could be way off base here and I hope someone can help fill me in here on the info, but I'm thinking and have heard, that the HC S could very well stand for High Carbon?

    I also noticed, that while grinding on the two (the one I'm working on and the other that I gave away that I ground some one to "shape") that on this one, it is alot harder "metal". With the rough edge it has on it so far (which is somewhat sharp) I've been cutting alot of cardboard with it and it's holding, so far, what edge I actually do have on it so far.

    Once I do get the right angle and finer edge on it and try it out, I'll for sure let you know how it holds up. I'm anxious myself to see if it will actually hold up as an edge. Most people will get them just for a conversation piece and it's all good. But, I do want to make it a "working/functional" blade.

    So, I will get back after I get some more work done on it.
  5. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
    That is just too cool Dale.
  6. garydude

    garydude Member


    Spectacular Dale; congrats!
  7. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    Thanks guys.
    Got a chance to put somewhat of a better edge on it and had a couple days off work and a friend of mine got a deer (doe) with his bow. The RR knife/blade got the field dressing done.
    I hope to be able to take the time this week and get a real edge on it after a bit more shapeing out the blade more.
  8. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Here's one a blacksmith buddy made for me and the HC does mean high carbon.

  9. Zane71464

    Zane71464 Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2009
    Ohio NRA Member
    VERY NICE, Hawg! I love the looks of that alot.
    I appreciate the clarification for what HC actually does stand for...good to know!!!
  10. MH2008

    MH2008 Member

    Apr 14, 2011
    I found a few old spikes and was planning on trying this then I found out all you need to do and gave up. If i could find one made id consider getting it. They look so cool.
  11. Diamondback

    Diamondback Well-Known Member

    Silver Dollar City outside of Branson, Mo. used to have a blacksmith who turned out railroad spike knives. Completely finished and sharpened.
  12. MH2008

    MH2008 Member

    Apr 14, 2011
    I Love their look. Would be a great conversation starter at least! I'll have to stop and see if I could find any if I ever happen to be driving through there.
  13. redworm

    redworm New Member

    Dec 18, 2012
    I always thought the spike knifes were cool. I worked 22 yrs for the railroad. I would think that it takes a lot of hammering, forging an skills to make your blade........Nice knife.........Redworm......
  14. Fatstrat

    Fatstrat Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    That's cool. Last time I was at Silver Dollar City in Branson Mo. (About 15 years ago). The Blacksmith made and sold these.
  15. Country101

    Country101 Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2004
    NW AR
    Ray Johnson is the knife maker. I dont think he makes spike knives. The blacksmith might.

    Even if this is high carbon steel, I would highly doubt it has been heat treated/tempered to hold the right edge. It might be serviceable, but I would still expect it to be soft. I made one a while back. It was just a rough blade, with very little grinding done to it. IT smoothed out very easily and didnt have any pits in it since we took the time to knock the slag off regularly. It had more of a short, fat blade. It took an edge easily, but lost it quickly too. We tried some simple tempering on it, but we werent able to temper it enough to do much good.
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