I am slowly teaching myself forging. I am just beginning to be able to manipulate the steel into something I want. Here are some blades I made recently.
The first one has a 3mm thick, 4" long blade, tappered down to a sharp point.
The second is a folding knife with a 3" blade, tapered from 2 mm down to a sharp point.
The other has a1/2 tang blade, very thin and tapered down from 2 mm. The handles are Oak, which I have darkened and singed with a blow torch then rubbed with a stainless steel pot scrubber, that raised the grain really nicely, and when still warm I dipped the handles into a pot of molten beeswax. That got into all the nooks and crannies, between the blade and the handle, so there are no gaps for gunge and water to accumulate. Wiped off the excess wax with paper towels and gave them a good polish with a old shoe brush.
As far as folders are concerned, my aim is to produce lock back folders similar to the same design as this one. This is not one of my knives, I just borrowed the picture to illustrate what my goal is, minus the Damascus blade. There is a bit of work to do before I get there! I need to practice making springs for example.
Really, I want to make knives that would not have looked out of place in the possible's pouch of a mountaiman. Not quite there yet, I need to do a bit more research to achieve my goal.