27 Nov

Cole’s Carver

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.

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