Hand forged with handmade charcoal, constructed and finished with historical methods and natural materials.
see the process
Human powered hand tools are used from the time the steel is first put in the fire through to the final assembly.
tour the forge
Steel, iron, copper, and brass are sourced from salvage and scrap wood for charcoal comes from local sources.
watch a tanto being made
“The knife arrived today and it was worth the wait. What a beauty. I love it so far and I haven’t really studied all of it yet. The lacquer finish is exceptional when the sunlight hits it. Thanks for everything!”
“I conducted a cutting test today and it sliced through a rolled tatami mat very cleanly, I was very impressed. I really love the blade and you do really great work. Thank you Dave, great job.”
“Ahhhhhh, this is so inspiring – I don’t think I really have it in me to do this type of work, but for most of my life I’ve thought that no one was actually making genuine hand-crafted blades like this. Incredible!”
“Its final finish is astonishing, the whole color scheme of this piece came together beautifully. This piece will always be the flagship of my collection and although it’s wabisabi, it’s perfect to me.”
“I love the knife, the blade feels alive to me. I like the color of the steel and the fact that it is differentially hardened. The knife has great weight, which I was not expecting, and the peaked spine is a touch I marvel at.”
“I am stoked to see and hold the knife. I am a bushcraft instructor with my own small company here in the Netherlands and I will carry it as part of my personal kit for doing daily jobs in the field.”
A charcoal forged blade, water quenched with clay, sharpened with waterstones, and finished simply and humbly in the age-old style of farm and foresting tools used in managing satoyama, the borderlands between village and wilds.
Traditionally crafted charcoal forged classical heirloom tanto made by hand from reclaimed and natural materials using 13th century techniques and the aesthetic of beautifully simple design based on the Japanese sword.
away from the things of man, there is a place where blades are born of earth, and air, and fire, and water.