walk any older rail line for a few miles youll find one or two discarded spikes, obviously the kids got lazy and stupid deciding to pull some in use
HERES A FEW PICTURES OFF THE INTERNET OF KNIVES FORGED FROM RAIL ROAD SPIKES
If you have several local guys you know who produce those knives from rail road spikes , you get to see the mixed results, now
,OBVIOUSLY if your familiar with knife making.
the skill of the person making the blade and its heat treatment both will have a huge effect on the quality of the finished product produced,
and while those spikes are a decent source , of fairly easy to find steel of decent quality they are far from ideal, in rust resistance or edge holding ability in my experience.
personally I have found the knives forged from old truck leaf springs vastly superior AND amazingly you can actually get them at decent prices at the
link's posted here below.
now I'll be the first guy to say the finish quality needs a bit of custom work but the basic blades are very well made for the price,
frankly I was not expecting near the quality for the price ,
and yes I purchased several and will purchase more,
if you don,t mind having to do a bit of final fit and polish work these are a great deal, THE BLADES ARE HEAT TREATED TO HAVE HARDER AND SHARPER EDGES and strong flexible spring steel spines, making them excellent tools.
certainly not SHOW STOPPER fit & finish, but a damn good tool that can be worked on to have its appearance improved, but a high quality for the price blade, youll pay a great deal more fore a weaker blade that won,t hold its edge , lots of other places.
or put a different way, I paid more for KBAR and BUCK knives that have< IN MY OPINION, INFERIOR BLADE STEEL, at least the kukri takes a shaving sharp edge