This angular blade shape is based on a common type of Japanese utility knife and would traditionally be used for woodworking and for daily cutting tasks. The clay tempered blade was hand forged from a piece of a cultivator tine and the handle is made from scraps of Yellow Cedar with Wenge accents. The major deviation from the standard design was to flare the blade downwards from the tang towards the edge which looks nice but requires more technical carving of the scabbard and does not engage as securely. The working finish includes some hammer marks and fire scale.
Blade construction is muku and the bevel is right handed. The hand carved handle has been sanded smooth and coated with pure tung oil for a totally natural finish. The blade is about 3.5″ long and the overall length closed is just under 7.5″. This piece is unsigned.
Material: Reclaimed cultivator tine steel, reclaimed Nootka Cypress and Wenge.
This piece is in a private collection in Singapore.