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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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Laminated Broken-Back seax

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Available, 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. I’m asking $325 for this knife and it will come with Viking style sheath.  

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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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Popple Burl Belt-Knife

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Available, Other | 0 comments

Popple Burl Belt-Knife

Here is a general use belt-knife that could also function as a fine skinner.  The blade is high density 1095 laminate with a splash of 15n20 on the sides.  The 2 and 1/4″ blade was differentially heat treated to show a hamon or “temper line”. The overall length is 7″. I’m asking $275 including sheath.   More picture available upon request.

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Took Hunting Knife

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

Took Hunting Knife

Here is another in my series of hobbit’s knives. This one was inspired by the Took archers that fought in the Scouring of the Shire.  The Tooks were more adventurous than other hobbits and also lived closer to the Wild. I imagine during more peaceful times that these archers were avid hunters.  So I made a Took inspired hunter/skinner.  The blade shape is ideal for skinning but it would also make a fine general purpose belt knife.  The blade is 19th century wrought iron anchor chain combined with 1075 tool steel.  The bolster is...

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Hobbit Knife

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hobbit Knife

Here is another hobbit knife. This one I call ‘Robin Smallburrow’s Shirriff knife’. (Robin was chastised by Gamgee for participating in the Shire catastrophe. You know the one.. the guy who became a shirriff just to hit the pubs.) The blade is 19th century anchor chain wrought iron combined with 1075 tool steel.  The handle is moose antler and white oak burl salvaged by divers from the bottom of Lake Superior.  The blade length is 3.5″ and the overall length is 8″.   The sheath comes with one of my...

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Viking Knife

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in Hunters & Puukkos | 2 comments

Viking Knife

Here is a Viking style knife forged from laminated steel composed of 19th century architectural wrought iron and 1075 tool steel.  The grip is buffalo horn and figured yellow cedar. The blade is 4.5″ and the overall length is 10″.  The sheath is a Viking style back-seamed...

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Viking Eating Knife

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | 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 $225 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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