I decided to fire up my little gas "forge" yesterday. Well, forge is a rather grand name for a few fire bricks held together with fencing wire, but it work well enough for small stuff!
Not feeling up to big works at the moment, I have been thinking about small carving tools, such as spoon knives and crooked knives and came up with this little spoon knife. The blade is forged out of some 1/4" silver steel rod. I have given it a good curve and the cutting edge is 1 3/4" long. It's about 3/8" wide. I have given it a bit of sweep back and up, just like a crooked knife blade. The handle is an old chisel handle I had lying about the workshop. I don't think this handle is the most practical shape for a carving tool, but I wanted to finish it quickly so used what I had at hand.
Once forged, I hardened it and then tempered it. Now its sharpened and has a wickedly sharp edge. I am going to give it a work out today and carve a spoon. I'll post pictures when done.
Forging even a small tool like this one is a very satisfying way to spend a few moments or two!