Knives, I like making knives. I like forging. By the time I have a knife blade forged out, I've already finished it in my own head, and so into the bucket it goes, and on to the next project I go! Trena tells me I can't sell them this way, so reluctantly, I'm always working right up until the very last minute the night before a (every) show on stuff I finished months ago, at least in my own head.
Swords are fun to forge, but not so much to grind. Do you remember what I said about knives? This is where I wish I was cloned, or had my own colony of minions to do the grinding for me. More often than Trena would prefer, I put my 'finished' sword away so I can start a new one!!
Swords are generally 5160 High Carbon Spring Steel and they are heat treated to around 52 degrees on the c scale.
Out of everything I forge, axes are my favorite. It must be the dwarf in me. All of my axes feature a wrap-welded blade, with a bit typically made of 1075 High Carbon Spring Steel while the poll is made of 1018 steel. The handle is usually ash or hickory. Custom handles are negotiable.