Charcoal forged classical tanto & fusion style takedown knives crafted by hand from reclaimed steel and natural materials using traditional techniques.
Making the Icho Hime Kotanto
Hand forged harrow tooth steel, copper habaki, Nootka Cypress and Ebony tsuka with ray skin wrap, Purpleheart saya, brush-finished silver fuchi by Nina of Paprika Jewellery.
This long, sleek piece is a collaboration and is named for the ginko leaf design on the custom silver fuchi made by Nina. The ginko leaf opening was cut by hand with a jeweler’s saw and layered over a background of patinated silver. The ray skin handle wrap is attached with kusune (薬練) made from matsuyani, natural Pine resin glue.
The clay tempered blade blade construction is muku with a hira-zukuri shape. This blade has an interesting hamon with a mizukage, a lot of surface activity, and visible particles. The habaki is hand forged from a scrap copper bar and the handle is carved from Nootka Cypress and wrapped with black ray skin. The Purpleheart scabbard has been coated with pure tung oil. The final work may be seen here: islandblacksmith.ca/2013/03/icho-hime-kotanto/