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hi all,


here is a knife, a bit different of my usual work:

the blade and the guard have some japanese genes,

the grip- ok- it´s a wieland.


some specs:

W1, forged and clayhardened

habaki and guard: bronze/wrought


total 37cm

blade only 23cm

thickness 8,0-2,0mm

balance at the front-point of the habaki


thanks for looking!





some more pics with details in the second post.






















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gerhard a.d. 2007

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Holy smokes! Beautiful textures going on here, and the shape is very elegant. I love the Japanese influences that shine through without being overpowering to the rest of the style. Very fine work indeed!



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hey, I like this one. I am working on one that is sort of like it, but I did not think of the blind false edge. That is a good idea. I like that a lot with swords, but never thought to try it on a knife. It makes for a very interesting point.


I am just doing a regular clip point on mine, and the handle will fall woefully short.


nice blade collar, too. The similarity between the bolster and the blade collar is a nice touch.


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That is a fine fine beautiful knife!

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Awesome! I love the collar.


How did you achieve the texture on the copper elements?




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I want to comment on this one, it is such a beautiful piece, but I am at a loss for words...


Ooooooooooooooh, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.... :)

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This makes me grin wickedly.

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thank you all for your posts!

I`m glad, you like the wicked beauty of this weapon.



I found this ´blind edge´ here:


and made my blade ´between´ the ´kanmuri otoshi zukuri´ and the ´u no kubi zukuri´,

but without the sharp egde on the spine.



the structure of the habaki is done with a jewelery-roller.

I rolled the sheet of bronze together with a rough sanding sponge like this:


quite simpel-



´´how do you do it? How do you make such... beauty? ´´

I only make the knife- beauty is in the eyes of the looker...;-)


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ceterum censeo ferrum esse cudendum!

gerhard a.d. 2007

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Wow, I have really run out of superlatives. Just when I think you have outdone yourself, you knock another one out of the park. I don't entirely agree with your comment though that beauty is in the eye of the looker. I understand your point but I think there are some things that are beautiful in a cosmic sense and your work is like that.



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I really like the spine/tip element. I'm gonna try that.

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