Iama 20-year-old blacksmith who makes knives as a sole (meager) income. AMA!
My name is Sam Rutherford. You can find me on most of the knifemaking forums around the internet as Dayglo_Koolaid. I've admired swords and knives ever since I was a little kid. When I was 16 years old, I got bit by the metalworking bug, but was not allowed to build a forge in the back yard. I read and read and read until I was 18 years old, then went back on my 18th birthday and built a charcoal-fueled forge using an angle grinder from Harbor Freight. I've been hammering blades out of mostly-recycled materials for a little over a year, and they've been my sole source of finances (aside from a brief stint at Cutco, ugh!) about since I started.
Anyways, I posted one of my projects over on /r/TF2, [http://imgur.com/a/bNI5V] and it was recieved quite nicely. I was asked to do an AMA, but be aware that there are others over at /r/Blacksmith who can answer your questions about the technical aspects of blacksmithing better than I can. I have fairly limited knowledge compared to the wise old dragons who've been working the forge since the fifties, but I want to show people that anybody can do it if they have the drive.
I'm at a friend's house, bumming their internet connection. This means that I can't really submit more proof, and that I'm simultaneously at a rolling . I'll try not to forget to refresh the page every so often, but no promises!