This project is a continuation of the traditional Scandinavian mounting project and is influenced by the Japanese aesthetic. The knife is a western outdoor style, constructed in the Scandinavian method, and has subtle references to the traditional tanto form. This piece feels excellent in the hand and has small projections at the guard and pommel to register the hand position in use.
The raw material for the blade was a piece of a large mill saw blade, hand forged and clay tempered. The bronze guard began as a scrap from another island smith, cut off in the making of a large public sculpture in Victoria, and the wood is Cocobolo. A five yen coin from Japan (dated 1991, the founding year of Crossed Heart Forge) serves as the pommel through which the tang is riveted, securely locking the handle parts together. The wood has been coated with pure tung oil for a totally natural finish. The blade is about 4.25″ long and the overall length is 8.5″.
The sheath was designed and built by Ira @ Old Farm Handcrafts and has the clean lines and beautiful hand stitching that characterizes his custom leather work.
Material: Reclaimed sawmill steel, scrap naval bronze, Cocobolo, Japanese five yen coin.
This piece is in a private collection in Ontario.