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Fusion Style Forest Kotanto

$1900

A tanto-tip outdoor blade mounted in nihonto fusion style. Design your own knife online.

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Product Description

This kotanto blade combines the geometry and design elements of full sized classical tanto into a minimalist fusion style knife suited for daily carry.

The hand forged blade is made of reclaimed shear steel from a horse-drawn carriage leaf spring. The century old steel was hand forged in a charcoal fire, shaped with files, differentially hardened using traditional water quench yaki-ire, and polished by hand with water stones to reveal a subtle suguha hamon with a graceful turn back.

The tang is constructed in a similar manner to a Japanese sword requiring only a single hardwood peg to hold the knife assembly together. In addition to the sense of beautiful simplicity, this design allows the knife to be taken apart for cleaning, polishing, detailed cutting tasks, or major resharpening work.

The handle is carved from Sapele wood, accented by Wenge wood, and enhanced with traditional fukiurushi lacquer. A forged copper guard completes the mounting and a removable peg carved from Wenge holds the knife together.

Blade construction is muku with a hira-zukuri profile and slightly mitsu mune. The blade is just under 3.5″ long, overall length is around 7.5″, and the overall length when sheathed is about 8″.

Specifications

長さ/刃長 Nagasa (blade length): 88mm
元幅 Motohaba (blade width): 22.5mm
重ね/元重 Motokasane (blade thickness): 5.5mm
反り Sori (curve): uchizori
中心/茎 Nakago (tang): 97mm
柄長 Tsuka (handle): 103mm
拵全長 Koshirae (overall): 205mm

形 Katachi (geometry): hira-zukuri, mitsu-mune
刃文 Hamon (edge pattern): suguha
帽子/鋩子 Boshi (tip pattern): ko-maru
中心/茎 Nakago (tang shape): futsu, kuri-jiri, one mekugi-ana, signed near the tip
銘 Mei (signature): hot stamped katabami-ken kamon
拵 Koshirae (mounting style): kaiken, issaku

Materials: reclaimed carriage spring shear steel, reclaimed copper bus bar, Sapele wood, Wenge wood, natural urushi lacquer

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.

Process

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.
The raw material for this blade comes from a reclaimed shear steel leaf spring taken from a horse-drawn carriage and estimated to be a century and a half old.
Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.
Hand forged in a charcoal fire with water on the anvil to keep the forge scale from building up and marring the surface.
Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.
Cleaning up and shaping the bevels using a hardened steel scraper called a sen.
Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.
Applying the clay layers in preparation for hardening the steel (yaki-ire).
Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.
A blade is born. The steel has hardened successfully without cracking and the waterstone reveals a distinct hamon marking the division between the tougher blade and harder edge.
Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.
Carving the inside of the handle to fit the tang exactly, allowing the entire knife to be held together with a single peg.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives from reclaimed shear steel.

Read more about the process of making this fusion style outdoor knife:
Case Study: Making an Outdoor Knife


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