I started out making knives at the beginning of 2017 with the sole intention of making my father a knife I had promised to make him in my MUCH younger years. After making a few more stock removal knives from stainless steel like 14C28N and N690 I tried my hand at forging after I built a basic forge with plaster of paris and vermeculite and acquired a very cheap cast Iron anvil. I have since acquired much more machinery and tools to make better knives from carbon steels and also make my own damascus/pattern welded steel.
I find forging a great challenge with immense possibilities. Large knives such as Bowie knives, Dirks and Daggers are knives I enjoy making but I have also delved into slip joint folders at some point with some success.
I enjoy leatherwork from time to time which I feel goes hand in hand with the actual knife making.