I found out this morning that to have a touckmark make professionally would cost me from £70.00 for a small simple design... So I started thinking that if I can make a knife, I should be able to come up with a suitable mark for my forged knives.I decided to experiment a bit. The steel I used on these tools are small left over silver steel, 1/4" and 3/8".
Some lessons I learned from this experiment.
I now know why they are expensive to make!
I also know its possible to home make a blacksmith's mark, so long as I keep it simple.
The ones that worked best were the squiggly S stamp and the arrow, in that order.
1/4" is too thin, I bent it the second time I hit it.
The stamps should be about 6" long, any shorter and it places your fingers too close to the hot metal you want to stamp.
3/8" should be ok for the thinner marks such as the arrow.
1/2" should be used for the somewhat bigger stamps, because it needs a fairly hefty wallop to make a mark.
So, I am going to experiment some more, and I am fairly confident I can come up with a mark that will suit the style of knives I intend to make in the near future.
|A couple of results from the experiment|