Clay first started collecting knives when he was 10, I think. For the last couple of years he has saved his hard-earned money to purchase knives, and he has also received a variety of knives as gifts.
Lately, he has started making his own knives. He found directions online for how to make a knife from a railroad spike. Who knew? A knife from a railroad spike?
I am not exactly sure of the knife making procedure, but I do know that it takes a good bit of time. This is one of the reasons that Clay gets up early to complete his chores and school--so that he can get to his hobby. I know that some of the steps involve fire and a grinder. Clay has also constructed his own tools that he uses in his forge.
That's quite a transformation! I think that he has shined and ground this knife even more since I took this picture. The knife is really sharp!
BEFORE AND AFTER
What a cool hobby!