Arbutus Camp Knife

This hefty camp knife is crafted in a traditional manner, hand forged from a Model T leaf spring, clay tempered, and finished with hand filing. The integral guard with finger grip allows the hand to shift forwards for more delicate work, or remain back for more aggressive cutting tasks. The convex edge can handle tough work, and the spine is a massive 9/32″ tapering all the way to the tip, rounded off slightly to allow for batoning. The surface of the blade bears marks of its journey through time with some of the original pitting, fire scale, and file marks remaining.

James Oliver created the beautiful Arbutus wood scales and riveted them on with reclaimed copper rod. Accompanied by a hand crafted copper riveted leather sheath. The vegetable (oak) tanned sheath is based on an interesting old pattern that allows for several different positions and angles of carry, both Japanese and Western, and will fit up to a 2.5″ wide belt. Finished with Neat’s Foot Oil and hand burnished beeswax. Blade is 8″ long and the overall length is almost 13.5″, at 1″ by 1 3/8″ by 5.5″, the grip is best suited for larger hands.

Material: Reclaimed Model T leaf spring steel, reclaimed copper wire, Arbutus

This piece is in a private collection in Ontario.

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

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Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

Island Blacksmith: Hand forged knives made from a reclaimed model T leaf spring

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