*What is a takedown knife? A relatively modern term to describe a feature that is central to traditional Japanese swords, a style of construction that allows the handle and mounting parts to be field stripped or removed from the blade for cleaning, polishing, or replacement, or varying use conditions.
This project began as a personal challenge and an exploration of the beauty and symmetry that can be found in the sankaku style yari. The cross section of the blade is triangular in this style, the spine quite
thick and strong, and the tip is centered on both axis. The basic form is fairly defined, but there are several historical variations on the lengths of the blade and tang and the style of sculpting the … Continue reading
The concept for this project began with the natural shape of a worn piece of farm equipment but has progressed to an exploration of the possibilities of an alternative history and the artifacts it might have produced had cultures blended at different times and in different ways.
One of the major challenges of this piece lay in the creation of the handle. Steel, wood, and aged bone were carefully shaped and fit together to form a sturdy mounting that evokes the feel of an ancient and organic piece. This project is part of the artifact series… Continue reading
The nightime viewing of cherry blossoms by moonlight is cherished for the unique perspective and focus it brings to the experience. The dark tones of the sky and the gentle light of the moon provide subtle variations in colour, texture, and detail that cannot be fully appreciated by day.
Though this piece is playful in its combination of materials and colours, it is also subtle and refined, evoking the feeling of a familiar and treasured object. A single stylized sakura petal graces the copper fuchi, a reminder that even a single petal falling to the ground … Continue reading
The Kuromatsu tanto with koshirae is named for a species of Black Pine (黒松) that grows near the seaside in Japan. The bark changes from grey to black as the tree matures and ages, symbolized by the colour and contrast of the smoother texture of the blade with the leathery texture
of the darker scabbard. An exploration in texture and form with roots in ancient samurai aesthetics and inspiration from the natural world. Designed around the concept of textural exploration, this piece is mounted in a gentleman’s koshirae with … Continue reading
Kuromon can be translated as "the black gate". This tanto with koshirae is a bold yet restrained piece that has the austere simplicity that appealed to the refined tastes of working samurai centuries before the Edo period. This tanto is forged from reclaimed shear steel that was likely made
before the mid-18th century, housed in an aikuchi koshirae crafted entirely with hand tools from driftwood and finished with black urushi lacquer. The blade was hand forged in a charcoal fire from a horse-drawn carriage leaf spring, shaped with files… Continue reading
Uzumaki means a spiral or whirlpool shape and refers to both the triple wave whirlpool shape of the bronze accent around the mekugi and the spiraling wrap of the gangi-maki handle. It also alludes to the cyclical nature of the history and journey of usefulness of the many materials
reclaimed for its creation. This tanto consists of sixteen individual parts that began as twenty two pieces, crafted from reclaimed items as diverse as Model T fender brackets from the forest and wrought iron salvaged from the bottom of the sea.… Continue reading
Mounted with the same technique as a traditional Japanese sword, the parts of this dagger are held together by the strength of a single well-placed bamboo peg. The handle and mounting of this blade incorporate some very interesting materials from hornet paper to hand
tanned buckskin I made years ago in the traditional way. The inspiration for this piece came from a partially mineralized cow bone found in my grandpa’s field many years ago, I had long wanted to use it as a handle because the shape and size was very similar to a … Continue reading
away from the things of man, there is a place where blades are born of earth, and air, and fire, and water.
"My goal as an artist is to explore transformative process by creating knives from natural and reclaimed materials. My approach as a craftsman is to work within the creative constraints of the classical tanto form and nihonto handle mounting technology, building on the foundation of 13th century Japanese swordsmithing aesthetic and technique."