Here’s a new addition to the shop. I took a 5″x5.25″x11″ block of A2, weighing in at 85lbs, some 4×4’s and metal straps and fabricated a new block anvil. I crew some inspiration from Japanese style anvil – the simple truth is that there’s elegance and function in simplicity. You don’t need a horn or a heel to make a good knife.. And as a bonus, there’s over 25sq inches of sweet spot!
A few months back, some of you might recall, a close friend of mine lost his life in an accident. He and his wife had a business, Merlin’s Magic, making walking sticks from twisted branches that he would scrape and carve to give a beautiful appearance – not elaborate carvings, but just enough to give them beautiful character. Anyway, a mutual friend of ours stepped up to keep carving the sticks as Ed used to do. Needless to say, Ed was a larger guy and his knife just felt awkward in her hands. Cole approached me for a new knife, specifically for her. Her desires were a simple knife, a tip she could dig into the wood a bit without fear of snapping it, a keen edge that will stay sharp after hours of scraping bark and a finish that wouldn’t get scratched up in the process. Here’s what I came up with. Handle is ebony, hand made mosaic pins, blade steel is 1084. 4″ blade and 8.25″ overall length. Sheath is antique mahogany veg tanned leather with a belt frog for reversible wear. Here’s a few of the shots during the forging and making of this blade.
Starting tonight at midnight (11-25) and running until the end of the day Black Friday (11-27), every item site wide ships for free! Plus, all san mai blades have a price that’s as low as I can go and 2 day knife making class gift certificates are 10% off! Have a bountiful Thanksgiving, looking forward to a great Christmas and happy holidays to everyone!
This weekend I had three guys in the class, Dave and Mike from New Jersey, and Chris from Philadelphia. What a fun group! Everyone did well, we all got along great, had lots of laughs and even an end of the day beer or two. Next class is December 5 and there might be an opening if you’d like to attend!
Here’s a few pictures of the San Mai upswept I’ve been working on, took a few custom orders this past week so personal stuff I want to do has to take a back seat to the stuff I have to do. lol Tomorrow though, I’ll finalize the handle and get to etch the blade. Update 11/24/15, the finished blade is up and ready for sale.