Forged from a small diagonal slice of a very old leaf spring, this utility/paring sized knife has decades of character already. The surface of the blade bears marks of its journey through time with some of the original pitting and hammer marks remaining while the handle reveals some dignified signs of aging wood as well.
The construction is muku and the cross-section favours left-handed slicers on a cutting board and right-handers as a paring knife somewhat though it is near symmetrical and could be used either way.
The friction fit handle was hand shaped from a piece of two-tone Ocean Spray ironwood and displays some spalting and even a couple of tunneling artifacts from a former occupant on the smooth surface. Ocean Spray grows locally on Vancouver Island and is a very hard, glossy, and dense wood. The handle is finished with 100% pure tung oil. The blade is 3.5″ long and the overall length is about 7.5″.
Material: Reclaimed leaf spring steel, Ocean Spray iron wood
This piece is in a private collection in the lower mainland.
Process & Stages
Houchou: a Japanese term for a general kitchen knife.