You may have noticed that each of our blades are stamped with an anvil and the letters “OBF”. We do everything here by hand, and stamping our logo is no exception. We stamp them individually with a fly press because we want you to be able to identify them easily as Oaks Bottom Forge knives.
Each blade is heated up in our charcoal burning forge until it’s glowing and placed on our fly press. A fly press is a press that operates on inertia. The flywheel is attached to a screw that moves a ram up and down. When the stamp on the ram contacts the knife blade, pressure is applied through the force of the flywheel stopping. It creates an amazing amount of force with only a fraction of the effort on the end of its operator. Because it is so accurate and so strong, it results in a nice, crisp stamp on each blade.
Our stamp kind of blends into the texture of the blade (the hammer marks we leave in). Because we do them by hand, just like the rest of the knife, each stamp is just a little bit unique. We hope that when you see yours, you are reminded of the power that went into creating your knife, and the hours spent crafting it!