19 Sep

Viking Seax, Sheath and Companion Knife

Here’s the latest blade to come out of the shop this week. It’s also a piece that Jeremy and I had been wanting to make for almost an entire year. The blade is san mai forged from 1084 & 15N20. Fittings are all mild steel. Handle is lace wood, copper, leather and ebony.  I forged a companion knife out of the same steels designed to be kept in a small pocket in the sheath. Blade is 15″ & overall is 22″. Construction is all traditional, using a peened nut to make a compression fitting for the assembly. Here’s some pictures of the process and finished piece. The sheath is veg tanned leather with forged s-chain. This particular piece is available at Pyrates Treasure at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Price for a similar set is $900.

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29 Jul

New classroom, new shop!

I just left a meeting and wanted to share that all future knife making classes will be held at a new location in Manheim, PA. This new 1470sq ft facility will add much needed space over my existing shop, allow me to bring all of my equipment into a single location and students will get to learn on some bigger professional tools. Over the next few months this space will be transformed into a functioning blacksmith shop for myself and swordsmith Jeremy Eichelberger. Jeremy and I have worked on the idea of collaborating on projects a lot over the past year and this new space will make that happen. We’re also putting our schedule together to attend a few fall/winter knife shows; exciting times, stay tuned! Here’s a peak of the new shop and I’m sure I’ll be sharing more with you all as it comes together!

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01 Jul

Adding back to inventory..

Well, the first mini-show season has wrapped up and I’ve been busy cleaning up knives and taking pictures. I hope to have my currently available inventory back online in the next day or two. Jim, who did the Paramoral Faire in Warren is going to hold on to his inventory and do some online sales at other venues, I’ll post an update once he gets the ball rolling on his end. As for what I’ve got on hand, pieces include 4 new cable damascus knives, some neck knives I’ve already posted, some larger bush knives, a seax or two and a great hand axe. Class is going to occupy my time over the next 2 days, then it’s off for the Holiday and then back to work! Jeremy Eichelberger will be joining me in the shop later this month to work on some high end collaborations we’ve been planning for a while. Next week will probably be the last week for custom orders, and then full steam ahead getting new blades made for the Renaissance Faire season!