Charcoal forged classical tanto & fusion style takedown knives crafted by hand from reclaimed steel and natural materials using traditional techniques.
Making the Mikazuki Kotanto
This piece is named for the silvery crescent moon in the drifting clouds of spalted Pear tree on the saya. The moon was formed from a piece of forged nickel silver from a silver plated spoon. The 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. The habaki is hand forged from a large copper fuse connector and the tsuba and kashira are carved from partially fossilized cow bone. The seppa was made from the same spoon as the crescent moon. The handle is Nootka Cypress wrapped with black ray skin and the Pear wood scabbard has been coated with pure tung oil. The final work may be seen here: islandblacksmith.ca/2013/03/mikazuki-kotanto/