This piece was forged as a demonstration at the Metal Artists In Action event hosted by Red Cod Forge in the Spring of 2013, the last time I was able to forge alongside John McGeachy. Though the tip profile is most closely related to a santoku, this is on the large end of the santoku range and would function most like a gyuto in terms of weight and spine thickness.
The clay tempered blade was hand forged from a very old reclaimed rasp marked Nicholson, Made in USA, and shows some of the makers mark as well as the distinctive rasp tooth triangles along one side. Blade construction is muku and the cross section is a double bevel so it can be sharpened and used like a chef’s knife. It has a greyed working polish with hammer and fire texture remaining. The balance is weight forward when held in normal grip and slightly forward when held in close grip.
The Rosewood handle began its life several decades ago as a solid crafted chair in a dining room set brought back by a family who was living abroad in Asia. After many years of service and some moving across the country, one of the legs snapped and its owners contacted me to put it to good use rather than see it discarded. Beautiful spalted Maple burl from Vancouver Island accents the Rosewood and breaks up the lines of the generous 5.75″ handle. The handle has been hand sanded and coated with pure tung oil for a totally natural finish.
The blade is about 9″ long and the overall length is just under 15″.
Material: Reclaimed rasp steel, reclaimed Rosewood from a broken chair, Vancouver Island spalted Maple burl
This piece is in a private collection in South Australia.
Photos from the Workshop