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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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Camp/Carving axe

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017 in Available, Axes | 0 comments

Camp/Carving axe

A camp/carving axe forged from 1″ square 5160 tool steel.  A very tough steel for axes.  It has a 3.5″ cutting edge and is 6″ from pole to edge.  The overall weight is 1 pound 5 ounces… lots of mass for carving and splitting wood for campfires.   The length is 11″ and the haft is hard maple. I’m asking $225 with sheath.  

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Norwegian-Style belt knife

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

Norwegian-Style belt knife

Here is another Norwegian-style with hollow grind and forged from a 19th century crucible steel file.  These files are very tough and very high carbon.  The blade is 3.5″ long and the total length is 8″.  The handle is made from local aspen burl.    The sheath comes with a fire steel made from the same file and throws great sparks. I’m asking $225 for this knife.

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Santoku

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

Santoku

Here is a 7″ forged Santoku with old growth maple lathe-textured grip and ebony spacer.  The textured grip is wonderful in the hand with it’s tactile quality.   The lathe-texturing also adds a sense of variability and uniqueness to the piece. I’m asking $250 for this knife.

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Carved Viking knife

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Carved Viking knife

I was recently inspired by the carving on a shipwright’s folding knife from the Viking age (found in Canterbury) so I did a quick little project based on that. Mine obviously isn’t a folder but the carving is a pretty close reproduction.  The handle is curly maple and the spacer is fossil walrus jaw bone.  The blade is forged 1075 tool steel and is 3.5″ long. The overall length is 8″.  It comes with a Viking period sheath.      

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Turned Bushcrafter

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Available, Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

Turned Bushcrafter

Here is another Norwegian style blade with an aggressive hollow grind.  The blade is 4″ and a little over 1/8″ in thickness.  The handle is figured walnut turned on a lathe for a textured surface.  This knife would be perfect for bushcrafting and camp.. as well as just an everyday use knife.  The textured round handle is very full and confident in the hand. I’m asking $175 plus shipping for this knife. Back-seamed sheath will be provided.  

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Some Norwegian style belt knives

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Some Norwegian style belt knives

Here are two belt knives in the Norwegian tradition with hollow ground edges.  These knives are VERY sharp and useful for any number of tasks.  The smaller one at 7″ over all has an elm burl grip.  The larger one at 7.5″ over all has a local ‘popple’ burl grip with a boxwood spacer.  The steel is 1075 tool steel.  Each one comes with a back-seam scandinavian style sheath (see picture for...

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Turned vegetable cleaver

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Other | 3 comments

Turned vegetable cleaver

Here is a ‘pre-seasoned’ vegetable cleaver/slicer with 1075 tool steel and lathe turned grip with tool texture.  It is flat ground from top to bottom and sharp, sharp, sharp....

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Black Lightning

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Fighters & camp blades | 0 comments

Black Lightning

This is a big knife in a small package and it has a lightning theme.  The low layer damascus invokes lightning bolts and the wood is a rare ‘black oak’ burl caused by a lightning strike.  The plank was salvaged by divers from Lake Superior and you can see the pattern of the strike in the wood.  The 1080/15n20 blade is 5″ and the overall length is 9.5″.  It has a robust tapered spine and aggressive edge that would allow batonning to make kindling as well as some skinning if necessary.  A useful knife for both big...

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The Paleo-Shard: Assassin’s Boot Dagger #07

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Other | 0 comments

The Paleo-Shard: Assassin’s Boot Dagger #07

The name of this knife represents the materials.  The grip is composed of artifact walrus ivory and mammoth leg bone.  The walrus ivory was used as some kind of tool in the distant past and still shows the tool marks.   And the short blade appears as a shard of metal.  The sheath has a toggle taken from the same piece used for the grip.  The total length is 7″ and the blade is 3″.  I’m asking $650 for this knife.

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A Hobbit’s Walking knife

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Hunters & Puukkos | 0 comments

A Hobbit’s Walking knife

So here is another hobbit’s knife. I’m calling this one a ‘Hobbit’s Walking knife’…. for roads that go ever on.   The blade is relatively low layer damascus that was flipped onto it’s side for a biased weld to give somewhat of a wood grain character. The grip is more of the ancient bog oak salvaged from a bog in the UK and given to me as a gift. The bolster is stained boxwood and has an Anglo-Saxon vine motif (which I believe was originally found on embroidery). The vine motif and the wood grain blade...

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