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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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..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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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!!!!
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.
 

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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.
 

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VERY NICE, Hawg! I love the looks of that alot.
I appreciate the clarification for what HC actually does stand for...good to know!!!
 

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The Blacksmith that I got mine from gave me his telephone number and is located
near Dayton/Springfield, Ohio.
I'll dig his Number up and post it when I find it.

I asked him about that when I bought the 3 from him (if he had a Number/Email)
and he said not a problem and welcomed all calls.
I'll have to dig his number up, got it in the desk somewhere!
 
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