Up 75 from Knoxville is the Museum of Appalachia. It is a privately held collection, but was of a caliber that it was absorbed into the Smithsonian Institution as a satellite facility several years back. It is a cool place, and my favorite exhibit is “stuff turned into other stuff”. The pioneering folk in East Tennessee could not let broken tools go to waste. Busted buggy springs and plows were repurposed into all manner of other tools.
Reader AW1ED sent us a great article from Popular Mechanics. “11 Badass Knives That Used to be Busted, Old Junk“.
Among the eleven knives featured are ones made from the typical railroad spikes and wrenches, but there is one from a piece of steel cable which took on an amazing Damascus pattern in forging. My favorite one is pictured above, a simple but classic blade made from an old bearing-race. I am especially drawn to the the simple wrapped handle juxtaposed with the brass bolster and pommel.
All of the knives are pretty cool in my humble opinion. Which one is your favorite?
Thanks AW1ED for sharing it with us. If anyone comes across something that they think your fellow readers would want to see, please send it along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: thanks to the Bossman for sharing this on the TTAG Facebook Page. One of the readers there reminded me of this amazing piece where a guy turns a shovel into and AK receiver.
BTW, we could always use a few more likes if anyone wants to follow the TTAK Facebook Page. It would be greatly appreciated. Thanks – HCA