A gentleman posted a video about making a RR spike knife. Thinking he was a newb wanting to do the RR spike knife I was very critical of it. Well it was his video. I know I offended, it wasn't my intention. I sent him an apology personally.
The reason I have such an aversion with the RR spike knife is it blurs the line between knifemaking and blacksmith art and most newbs don't know the difference. There are also piles of myths about the steel the spikes are made from, most being they are "high carbon". So a newb sees those knives and thinks it's good steel. Any smith who has been working steel for a while can tell the difference between high carbon and low carbon steels just by how they flow under the hammer. A newb can't, so he doesn't know he's not working on low carbon steel.
Newbs are also prone to not checking their work. If you never test it out of the quench how does one know it's hardened? If one doesn't do edge test how can you know it has been heat treated properly.
One last thing, a quick scroll through ebay found a bunch of RR spike knives. Most of the nicer ones said they were for decorative purposed only. Some of the lower quality ones, those made by newer smiths I assume, claimed "high carbon steel". Thus perpetuating the myth.
Now here's the rub, some guy whose stuff I'd put in the middle as far as quality in appearance claimed he "spark checked" his spikes. He claimed he compaired them to known steels and found they ranged from .2 - .6%. How he can know the exact carbon content with at spark check is beyond me. These are the guys that not only parpituate myths buy now some newb sees his post and carries that myth to the next newb. This guy has enough skill that he's been doing it for a while. He claims to have tested his knives, but as to the methods he used I doubt they were strenuous at all.
Aldo at the NSB said he had kicked around having rr spikes made from 1095 just to confuse people. I wish he would. lol.
Rule #10; "I can make that" translates to; "I'm to cheap to buy it new."