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**The heating time has been edited out and some of the tang work is missing due to battery issues.
The blade shape is based on the Aizu Shintogo kata: islandblacksmith.ca/2014/04/aizu-shintogo-kunimitsu-tanto-kata/
Making the most of the fire, hammer, and anvil to prepare the steel to be refined and smoothed…read more about this foundational stage: Tanto Blade (Forging)
In a sentence, thermal cycling, or normalizing, is the metallurgical technique of reducing visible grain size by repeated cycling of steel from near its critical temperature to ambient temperature. Several years ago I wondered how traditional Japanese smiths were able to produce… Continue reading
This piece was named for the way the natural spalting design of the saya is reminiscent of an ink painting of waves washing on a sand covered shoreline. It also commemorates the fact that the woods used for the handle and saya… Continue reading
scroll down or jump to the sections below: Blade Sunobe Hizukuri Ara-shiage Hardening Clay Mixture Tsuchioki Yaki-ire Polishing Kaji Togi Shitaji Togi Habaki Forging Filing Bending Soldering Handle Seppa Nakago-ana Sokui Core Tsuka Tsukamaki Mekugi Scabbard Inside Outside Assembly Forging a Kotanto… Continue reading
This is an experiment I did as part of a prototyping project, and was intended to satisfy my curiosity on the performance of sokui (続飯) or rice paste glue. The natural glue contains nothing but delicious Japanese rice and a little bit… Continue reading
Forging a spring tip cheese knife, along with some finished works from the Culinary Project.
This is the result of a collaborative project with James Oliver. James did all the woodwork on this piece and created the matching stand and Nootka Cypress storage box. The clay tempered blade was hand forged from a cultivator tine that was… Continue reading
A charred Oak handle gives a rich patinated look to this compact vegetable slicer with hammer textured finish and inaka styling.
A reclaimed harrow tooth combined with walnut and hand hammered copper to create a utility knife with Japanese style mounting. One of a pair designed in collaboration with a Japanese collector, this piece has been forged and shaped from entirely reclaimed materials… Continue reading
An experimental rawhide wrapped version of a traditional Woodlands bent knife for carving paddles and canoe components. This is a one-handed draw knife based on the woodlands crooked knife design and construction. The knife is gripped palm up with the thumb resting… Continue reading
An early piece revisited and naturally refinished; hammer-finished reclaimed steel, elk antler, and hand-tanned deer hide trim. For those interested in collecting an earlier work, this is new old stock; one of my few remaining “first round” pieces now refinished and available… Continue reading
An early piece revisited; a traditional patterned small companion knife made from a piece of reclaimed agricultural tool steel. For those interested in collecting an earlier work, this is new old stock; one of my few remaining “first round” pieces still available… Continue reading