Ray Kirk is a Master Smith in the American Bladesmith Society, a Forged In Fire Fan Favorite, and an all around nice guy, who forges blades right outside of beautiful Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Ray started forging knives in 1989. He did stock removal for a while, but he now primarily forges. He forges most of his knives from 52100 round bar.
In the last few years, Ray has been making a style of knife that is both useful and simple in design. It’s a beautiful knife style that has recently seen a surge in popularity. It’s the integral style fixed blade knife.
In this video, Ray forges one of his signature style integral knives. Watch Ray build this knife from start to finish. In addition to building the integral knife, Ray offers much advice that only comes by years of experience.
(Running Time: 1 Hour 46 Minutes)