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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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Nails to Seax

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

Nails to Seax

Here is an Anglo-Saxon style knife made from the ancient process of melting iron in a small forge into a slag-free steel.  It’s not known exactly when people began using this process but was likely a common method of producing high quality steel for tools, knives and swords in the European Iron Age.  A smith would have either recycled small bits of iron scrap from his shop or refined raw iron directly from the smelting stacks. While being practiced in Japan into modern times, the use of the method in the creation of European blades has...

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Hobbit Hunting spear #02

Posted by on Jan 18, 2018 in Available | 0 comments

Hobbit Hunting spear #02

Here is the second of a series of  Hobbit Hunting spears.  At 5’1″ this short spear is a perfect companion for a Took or Brandybuck hunting or adventuring in the Wild. Forged from 80CRV2 (known for it’s toughness) the leaf-shaped blade measures 5″.  The haft is ash and is decorated with hobbit runes (which roughly say ‘Roush Made’).   While this spear is ultimately a thrusting spear due to it’s weight it can be thrown short distances as the haft has a weight-forward bobtail shape.  At the...

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A Hobbit’s Knife… next iteration.

Posted by on Jan 12, 2018 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

A Hobbit’s Knife… next iteration.

Here is my latest ‘hobbit knife’. This time it is a bit truer to the intended idea perhaps because of it’s smaller size and very … ‘botanical’ handle.  The blade was forged from 1075 tool steel and differentially heat treated to show a hamon or ‘temper line’. The shape is that of an Anglo-Saxon broken-back seax.. a culture and time period that inspired Tolkien’s Middle Earth.  The handle is deer bone and some ancient juniper I salvaged from the desert in Colorado.  The blade is...

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A Hobbit’s Hunting Spear

Posted by on Jan 9, 2018 in Swords and Historical | 0 comments

A Hobbit’s Hunting Spear

Here is a Hobbit’s Hunting spear.  At 4’9″ this short, stout spear is a perfect companion for a Took or Brandybuck hunting or adventuring in the Wild. Forged from 80CRV2 (known for it’s toughness) the leaf-shaped blade measures 4.5″.  The haft is ash and is decorated with hobbit runes (which roughly say ‘Roush Made’).   While this spear is ultimately a thrusting spear due to it’s weight it can be thrown short distances as the haft has a weight-forward bobtail shape.  At the terminus of the...

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A ‘Contemporary Viking knife’

Posted by on Jan 5, 2018 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

A ‘Contemporary Viking knife’

The name of this comes from the fact that it has a Scandinavian/Viking style blade with a more contemporary handle.  It really doesn’t fit into a category other than ‘belt knife’. The blade is 1075 tool steel that was differentially heat treated to show a ‘temper line’ or hamon.  This was done by applying clay to the blade before the quench which causes the top of the blade not to harden.  It’s a Japanese technique.  The handle is made from old growth white oak that was salvaged by divers from Lake...

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Apple Wood Belt Knife

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in Hunters & Puukkos | 5 comments

Apple Wood Belt Knife

Here is another in my series of belt knives with lathe textured handle.  The blade is antique patinated 1075 tool steel and 3.5″ long.  The overall length 7.5″.  The handle is apple wood. I’m asking $175 with sheath.

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Took Hunter #02

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

Took Hunter #02

Here is another take on the hobbit inspired ‘Took Hunting knife’.  This time the blade was forged from 19th century bridge wrought iron laminated to 15n20/1075 damascus.  The handle is moose antler and old growth white oak salvaged by divers from Lake Superior.  The  dot ring motif on the bolster is a common element of Anglo-Saxon and other Germanic art of the early Middle Ages.  Tolkien’s inspiration for his books was based largely on Anglo-Saxon culture and myth.  And once again I have a spoon sheath toggle to go with...

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Laminated broken-back seax

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017 in Hunters & Puukkos | 3 comments

Laminated broken-back seax

Here is another knife in an Anglo-Saxon/Viking style.  It was forged from 19th century bridge wrought iron laminated to 1075 tool steel.  The handle is fossilized mammoth leg bone and old growth diver-salvaged white oak from Lake Superior.  The blade is 4″ and the overall length is 9″. I’m asking $325 for this knife and it will come with sheath.  

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Laminated Broken-Back seax

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Swords and Historical | 0 comments

Laminated Broken-Back seax

Here is a seax in an Anglo-Saxon style (but often found in Viking grave sites) forged from 19th century bridge wrought iron (locally salvaged) laminated to 1075 tool steel.  The handle is ancient fossilized mammoth leg bone and old growth white oak salvaged from the bottom of lake Superior.. stained dark from the anaerobic conditions in the mud. The total length is 11 inches and the blade is 5 inches.    

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Bird and Trout

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Available | 0 comments

Bird and Trout

Here is a little knife that I’m calling a ‘Bird and Trout’ due to the short, narrow and thin blade.  It’s not exactly true to the form… but close enough.  The blade is stock removed from the very tough 15n20 bandsaw blade steel and is 0.095 in. thick.  The blade length is 3 1/4 in. and the overall length is 7 3/4″.   The handle is cast bronze and curly maple. I’m asking $175 and comes with sheath.

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