This small craft knife needs only a small amount of edge work to finish and sharpen it.
The temper of this high carbon steel blade has been left very hard in order to hold a keen edge for tasks such as paper cutting and fine work. This particular combination of steel and heat treatment is well suited to users who require a good edge and are willing to take care of it.
The double beveled clay tempered blade was hand forged in a charcoal fire and still bears the hammer marks, original file teeth, and other worked surface textures. It has been left as tempered but the blade is very thin and hardly needs more than a good sharpening to straighten and give it a final edge. The final edge work should only be done by hand on a waterstone or diamond stone to avoid damaging the temper.
The slim forged integral handle allows for regular and pencil grip, and only the blade is hardened so later modification or adding handle scales may be an option. The blade is about 1.5″ long and the overall length is just over 5.75″. The spine at its thickest is about 1.8mm.
長さ/刃長 Nagasa (blade length): 40mm
重ね/元重 Motokasane (spine thickness): 1.8mm
元幅 Motohaba (blade width): 12mm
中心/茎 Nakago (tang length): 107mm
形 Katachi (geometry): hira-zukuri, kaku-mune (square spine)
銘 Mei (signature): mumei (unsigned)
拵 Koshirae (mounting): none
Materials: reclaimed file steel