We pride ourselves on the highest quality in hand-forged knives. All of our knives are custom made to order, one at a time.
There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our knives and please, drop us a line if you have any questions.
Robert Luther, Owner
Bluewater Blacksmith was established in 2017. We are a local blacksmith shop that focuses primarily on bladesmithing. From the very beginning, we have prided ourselves on building custom unique knives that are hand-forged and heat-treated.
To bring back to life metal that served a different purpose during a different time period. Our specialty is using metal from the late 1800s. The process of creating this metal was known as the Bessemer process.
Our goal is not to mass produce knives. We take real pride in making something that our customers want. Something they can't buy off a shelf somewhere and especially something that has a cool story to tell.
In the 1950s my uncle Joe Bengough's father, Jim Bengough owned and operated
Jim's Machine Shop.
The full-service machine shop was powered by a series of belts and pullies each running to a different machine in the shop
And though they primarily provided welding and machining services, their process was much the same as the process we use today to hand make our knives.
In this style handle, it requires a numerous amount of leather pieces. Each piece is roughly 1.5" square. Each piece also has to have a hole drilled in it.
This handle required 45 pieces of leather to complete the stack. Before epoxy, dry fitting the leather is important to ensure you have enough.
Epoxy is applied between each piece of leather. Each piece also has to be pushed down on the tang tight to avoid any air pockets or openings after it sets.
After the epoxy has dried, it is now time to grind the hardened leather to a comfortable shape.
The pommel is a very important part of the handle construction. It is essentially the end cap of the handle that provides stability and a finished look.
Once the pommel is installed, shaped and sanded the leather can be stained and a finish coat applied to complete the process.
Check out this video of the rough forging of a blade profile.
This is the heat treat process when hardening a blade. The blade is quenched in oil and then file tested for hardness.