Charcoal Forged Tanto: hand crafted on Vancouver Island.

Historical Techniques

Hand forged with handmade charcoal, constructed and finished with historical methods and natural materials.
see the process


Crossed Heart Forge, Island Workshop.

Traditional Tools

Human powered hand tools are used from the time the steel is first put in the fire through to the final assembly.
tour the forge


Charcoal Forged Tanto: hand crafted in Canada.

Reclaimed Materials

Steel, iron, copper, and brass are sourced from salvage and scrap wood for charcoal comes from local sources.
watch a tanto being made

“Dave’s work is something I have both followed and collected since I first discovered him. They are works of deep meaning, exhibiting elegant functionality with all of the core classical elements of feudal Japan. As a collector of high-value antique arms & armour, and also as a 3-decade student of Japanese martial arts (including the katana and tanto), I first encountered…” (read more)