Rail Road Spike Knife

(13 customer reviews)


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The Rail Road Spike Knife by IHK!
This knife is in response to one of the two most frequently asked questions that I get when I’m at a knife show:

1. Where are you from? (which has to be my favorite!)

2. Do you make rail road spike knives?

My first response was always “why” which here is a great article articulating my concern and reason for the question:

Click Here to read the article from Hammered Out Bits

However, after you read the article all of the concerns that I and the author have about used spikes are solved by the fact that my spikes are new, unused 1095 high carbon steel that I have made for me specifically so the forging process is completely under my control.

So now I can say yes, yes I do make rail road spike knives, instead of my old answer of why?

My concern with rail road spikes that you find along the tracks are that they are forged sometimes from various quality of steels, not always high carbon (the ones that have HC on the head let us know that they are at least 1075-1095). If not marked that way then there is really no way to know what quality of steel was used. Secondly, the forging process on an item for this type of particular use isn’t always of the best process since all it has to do is act like a big nail, so often there are stress cracks and other critical point imperfections. So I usually would ask why make a knife out of something like this when I could use fresh 1095 High Carbon Steel and forge something perfectly, and then it dawned on me, because they are cool and so then this knife creation was made!

I have spikes made from from fresh 1095 High Carbon Steel and forge the blade myself, now removing any imperfections or forging process errors found in most rail road spikes. You will notice the difference from an unused new or fresh spike vs an old spike by looking at the head (see the pictures of the old vs the new).

So since I can use good fresh steel and forge the blade from start to finish like the rest of my blades, then I can also guarantee this one for life, like the rest of the IHK knives!

So here it is and it is very very cool, and very very unique. It has a great feel in the hand, and more than just looking cool it is extremely functional and works very much like a nice and heavy field butcher knife or utility, plus it is completely indestructible and the handle doubles as a hammer!

  • 9 1/4 inch Overall, 4 1/2 inch Blade
  • Made from new 1095 High Carbon Steel
  • Razor Sharp Convex grind
  • Hand Forged, Twisted Handles
  • Polished and non polished as options
  • 10 oz weight
  • Custom Leather Sheath
  • Lifetime Warranty

13 reviews for Rail Road Spike Knife

  1. Marla W.

    RR Spike Knive
    Traveled all over the country to knife shows for the last 8 or 10 years. Several trips to knife shows all over the country. The Blade Show in Atlanta multiple times and the big knife show in Las Vegas among others. Absolutely the finest RR Spike knife I’ve ever seen. Beautifully done. Usable high carbon steel which none of the other examples I’ve ever seen have which is baffling.

  2. Ed

    Great spike knife
    Visited James in his smithy to buy this spike knife. Got a complete tour, and James is one of the nicest guys you’ll meet. Knife is beautiful and sharp enough to shave with. Included sheath is high-quality. This is the first of several Knives I plan to buy from James of INK Knives. Great guy to do business with!

  3. R.S. B.

    As a gift
    I bought this for my son who works for the Railroad in another state . He seems to like it a lot. I hope to see it personally soon.

  4. Collin N.

    Very cool!
    Gave this knife to my son for Christmas and he loves it. The craftsmanship on this blade is very good. I think we will be making additional future purchases.

  5. Elizabeth M.

    all around great
    Delivery was fast, the product was great, and the price was reasonable. I’ll definitely will be checking out your other work. Thanks!

  6. Thomas R.

    Very Cool Knife
    I got the polished version. It’s very different. Well liked by other family members.

  7. Artour A.

    Rail Road Spike Knife – AMAZING!
    I got 2 of those, polished and unpolished and this is a real art pieces.
    Outstanding design, quality made and a balance as well.
    I am really happy to add those to my collection.. My palm is admiring those knives πŸ™‚

  8. martin b.

    A return to real knives
    I did NOT buy this to collect. This is as much for cutting lunchmeat, shipping packages, and any one thing that needs to be two things. Keep it oiled and wear gloves in sub-freezing temps. Happy hunting.

  9. Peggy G.

    Railroad spike!!
    This was a gift for my 10 year old son who is an avid collector. He will be so excited, this was packaged perfectly and I can’t say enough about how awesome James is!!

  10. Lyman S.

    What a knife!
    The knife has a beefy feel in my hand. I got the unpolished version and it looks awesome. The sheath looks great as well. Good deal all around. From 1 to 10 on the Practically meter, probably a 6. On the Cool Stuff-O-Meter, a solid 14!

  11. Whitehurst

    Rail spike knife
    Rail spike knife

  12. Jennifer B.

    Awesome Railroad Spike knife
    I bought this knife for my husband, he said it was the best gift I have ever bought for him!!

  13. Jon P.

    Got the knives in time
    Got the knives in time for christmas and she loved them!

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