The raw material for this blade was a piece of a large mill saw blade, hand forged and clay tempered. The bronze guard began as a scrap from another island smith, cut off in the making of a large public sculpture in Victoria, and the wood is Cocobolo. A five yen coin from Japan (dated 1991, the founding year of Crossed Heart Forge) serves as the pommel through which the tang is riveted, securely locking the handle parts together. The wood has been coated with pure tung oil for a totally natural finish. The blade is about 4.25″ long and the overall length is 8.5″.
The sheath was designed and built by Ira @lefthandleatherco and has the clean lines and beautiful hand stitching that characterizes his custom leather work.
Material: Reclaimed sawmill steel, scrap naval bronze, Cocobolo, Japanese five yen coin.
This piece is in a private collection in Ontario.