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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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Viking Eating Knife

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Available | 0 comments

Viking Eating Knife

Here is a Viking eating knife… just a simple belt knife that would have be used at the table for various purposes such as cutting meat, bread, etc.  It isn’t a replica rather it’s a composite of various knives found in archaeological settings.  The blade was forged from a spike I salvaged from a washed up timber on an island in Lake Superior.  It dates to the 19th century and was forged from ‘shear steel’ or carburized wrought iron.  The pattern seen in the blade is a signature of this kind of steel and is...

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Lathe texture Scandi

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Another lathe-textured scandi-style knife hollow ground blade. 9″ overall length and rosewood grip. $175 with sheath  

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Scandinavian style belt knife

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

Scandinavian style belt knife

Here is a Scandinavian belt knife with old growth white oak ‘lightning burl’ diver-salvaged from Lake Superior and bighorn sheep bolster.  The blade is hollow ground, aggressive and forged from 1075.  The blade is 4″ and the overall length is 9″.   I’m asking $275 for this knife.

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Neotribal

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Neotribal

Here is a ‘neo-tribal design.  No particular culture.. just an idea designed to invoke a primal nature.  The 4″ blade is forged from high layer (500 or so) 15n20/1075 damascus.  The grip is lathe textured walnut with fossil mammoth leg bone pommel cap and hemp cord wrap.  The overall length is 10″.   I haven’t made a sheath yet but I have some ideas.  The customer can choose among these. I’m asking $350 for this knife. Simple back-seamed sheath included.  Additional price for my other...

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Puukko

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

Puukko

Here is a collaboration between myself and Paige May, a knife and sheath maker from Northern Minnesota (Instagram@ wilderness.effects28).  The knife is forged from 1075 tool steel and the grip is curly maple. The overall length is 8″.  The blade is hollow ground for a very aggressive edge.  The sheath is a traditional Finnish style with matching wood liner. I’m asking $300 for this.

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Damascus Belt Knife

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

Damascus Belt Knife

This one is forged from 15n20/1075 damascus and bears nickel silver and old growth curly maple.  It has a blade of 3.5″ and overall length 7″. I’m asking $350 and it includes sheath.  

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Persian Tribal Boot Knife

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Available, Fighters & camp blades | 0 comments

Persian Tribal Boot Knife

Here is a Persian/tribal style boot knife forged from 15n20/1075 damascus and bearing old growth white oak salvaged by divers from Lake Superior and a leather wrap (impregnated with resin). The knife is 7.5″ over all length. I’m asking $300 for this knife. Comes with sheath.

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Kiridashi

Posted by on Nov 12, 2017 in Other | 2 comments

Kiridashi

Here is a kiridashi or Japanese utility knife.  It is 5″ long and forged from 15n20/1075 damascus. It comes with a leather pocket sheath. I’m asking $125 for this.

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Belt knife with lightning burl…

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

Belt knife with lightning burl…

Here is a belt knife forged from 15n20/1075 damascus and bears buffalo horn ‘lightning strike burl’.  This wood is old growth white oak salvaged by divers.  A local logger told me that the pattern comes from a previous lightning strike. The blade on this knife is 3 and 3/4 inches and the total length is 8 inches. The blade thickness at the ricasso is just under 3/16″. I’m asking $395 with sheath. I can provide additional pictures upon request.

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Turned Scandinavian

Posted by on Nov 3, 2017 in Hunters & Puukkos | 2 comments

Turned Scandinavian

Here is another of my current work in lathe turned handles combined with aggressive hollow ground Scandinavian style blades.  I really enjoy the visual punch of the lathe tool texture as well as the tactile feel to the grip of these knives. This one has a laminated steel blade (mild steel jacket and layered 15n20 core.. very tough) of 3 3/4 inches and overall length of 7 inches.  The blade shape is very useful in a variety of circumstances and could also be use for skinning. The grip is rosewood with fossil giraffe bolster. I’m asking...

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