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What does ‘Story Telling’ have to do with bladesmithing?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2013 in About Me, Welcome | 0 comments

What does ‘Story Telling’ have to do with bladesmithing?

On my homepage you see the tagline ‘Storytelling through the forged blade’.  I thought I’d take a second to explain what I mean by that.  I believe that a forged blade can tell a story in multiple ways. The most obvious is the story that it tells about itself and it’s intended purpose.  For example.. a skinning knife. Elements of it’s story are the facts of itself.. a thin, sharp, lasting edge that is comfortable to hold and has the right edge geometry to do it’s job.  Then the story evolves as...

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For the Love of Iron

Posted by on Jul 12, 2011 in Techniques | 7 comments

For the Love of Iron

                                                                                                                                                                       Cold Iron Gold is for the mistress — silver for the maid — Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade. “Good!” said the Baron, sitting in his hall, “But Iron — Cold Iron...

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The Log

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Other | 1 comment

The Log

I have a piece that I’ve held onto for some time that I’m now putting up for sale. It is a Japanese style knife inspired by the sunken old growth logs found in the bottom of Lake Superior. The wood for the saya is itself from an old growth white oak log that was recovered by divers. Logs like these sunk to the bottom of the lake near Duluth, Wisconsin while being transported via log raft from the North Shore of Lake Superior. The oak sunk into the mud where it was preserved through the absorption of tannic acid and minerals. On...

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Scottish Dirk: Brass and Cherry

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017 in Available, Swords and Historical | 2 comments

Scottish Dirk: Brass and Cherry

Here is another early style dirk of the Scottish Highlands.  The grip was carved from a huge cherry root given to me by a friend. Root wood was commonly used for the carving of dirk handles so I thought I would try it out to add a layer of authenticity. For the blade I elected to attempt an inlaid brass spine like you see on several of the original weapons. These brass spines are sometimes thought to be a ‘blade catch’ where the opponents blade slides down the spine catching onto the softer metal.  But the real reason is likely...

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Picnic Knife

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Picnic Knife

This is a Japanese style ‘picnic knife’ with my own take on the idea.  I’ve made a cutting board for the knife that doubles as a scabbard so that it can safely be stowed in a pack or basket.  The knife itself is made from very thin and light 1095 shim stock. Very flexible, very sharp. The blade is 6.5 inches and overall length is 10 inches.   The handle is maple with a heavy coating of textured Japanese urushi lacquer.  This makes for a very durable and tactile grip that is water resistant.   The cutting board/scabbard...

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Brass-Heart Dirk…

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Swords and Historical | 2 comments

Brass-Heart Dirk…

This is a reproduction of a historical piece that, to me, was one of the most spectacular of all Scottish Highland weapons. My version has a blade forged from 80CVR2 and walnut grip with bronze and brass fittings.  OAL 19.25″, 14.25″ blade, 2″ wide blade at grip,  4.5″ grip (including haunches and pommel).   This will be offered at $1150 with options for sheath.

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Viking type C sword

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Viking type C sword

The Type C Viking sword represents one of the true ‘Viking’ swords in that it was made by Vikings for Vikings using Viking resources in Scandinavia.  They had simple, rough iron hilts and non-pattern welded blades.  Most swords were imported in from Germanic areas of Northern Europe.. so I feel this type is special.  My version has a 5160 blade @ 24 inches in length (a bit on the short side compared to most examples.. but still within range) and is 1 and 3/4″ wide.  The total length is 30″ with the balance point 3.5...

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Juniper Puukko

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016 in Hunters & Puukkos | 1 comment

Juniper Puukko

The blade on this knife was forged from shear steel made in my shop.   This was done by adding carbon to 19th century wrought iron by soaking in a canister at high heat for 3 hours.  This is an ancient process.   The steel is very hard and shows beautiful character.   The handle is from old growth juniper that I found while on a hike in Colorado.  A knife like this is a type that goes far back into antiquity.  The style (despite the artistic leeway with the handle material) would have been used by both the Celts and Vikings.   The...

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Castillon dagger from shear steel…

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Available, Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Castillon dagger from shear steel…

This is a dagger based on one found from the Battle of Castillon and dates to 1453.  It is a knighly thrusting style dagger and one of beautiful proportions. In fact.. after seeing it for the first time I was inspired to design my own version of it using the geometric sword design theory as put forth by the Swedish swordsmith Peter Johnsson.  This theory involves the observation that some medieval swords may have been designed using the same methods in which Gothic cathedrals were created.  It utilizes a beautiful system of interrelated...

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Forged Hammer…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Forged Hammer…

This cross-pein hammer was forged from 1045 tool steel and is hafted with a beautiful piece of maple from my firewood pile.   It weighs 2 pounds and 5 oz.    The face is slightly convex but can be re-dressed to suit your needs.  It feels robust and powerful in the hand.   I’m asking $125 shipped to any location within the continental US.  For international orders.. please inquire regarding shipping rates.

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Dragon-Spine.. an Anglo-Saxon inspired seax…

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Dragon-Spine.. an Anglo-Saxon inspired seax…

This Anglo-Saxon inspired knife has a 3-bar composite pattern-welded blade (15n20/1084) at 7 1/4″ and 13″ OAL. It is 3/16″ at the blade/grip junction. The grip is some very ancient bog yew that I purchased from a family of cabinet makers in the UK. The carvings on the blade are from Anglo-Saxon art and are in the Trewhiddle style. This comes with a center seam sheath which is made from two-ply calf skin and bears a walrus ivory sword-bead. I’ve since stained the sheath to a dark brown. The price includes shipping to...

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Shards 2016 (more to come)…

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in About Me, Other, Welcome | 0 comments

Shards 2016 (more to come)…

I’m hoping to gather up all of the images from my event ‘Shards of the North’ that happened this past weekend… But here is a blog post by one of the participants that captures an important part of the event….   http://lusaorganics.typepad.com/clean/2016/06/in-the-forge.html

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