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I've done a few of the "fusion" style knives where I try to infuse a bit of the Japanese aesthetic into a western knife. Until now that had taken place in trying to put a western handle on an essentially Japanese style blade.

I received a commission for such a knife but the client asked for a more western blade and referenced one that the late John White did as an example.

That kind of threw me off a little but this is what I came up with. In many ways, I think the "fusion" of aesthetics is much more mixed and balanced than any of my other approaches.

It began with me deciding that as a cornerstone of the piece was an antique fuchi (collar) I got on ebay. All measurements and styling flows from this central piece. It was not an easy beginning due to the width but provided a source for a lot of inspiration.


The result is a piece I am calling "Arashi no Umi" for what I hope is the proper translation of "stormy seas".

For the wood I used "waterfall" bubinga to keep in the water theme. For the tsuba or guard I forged it so that the laminations would show in the width to try to emulate the look of a rolling sea.


The blade is W2 and I used a hybrid geometry of a naginata style of blade but with a dropped top sharpened clip (hence the fighter designation)

I went for a stormy seas look in the hamon. My 6 1/2 year old son came down while was working on it and said "it looks beautiful Dad,... it looks like the ocean" so I take that as mission accomplished.:D

The habaki was shaped to look like the crest of a wave.

True to Japanese pieces, this is a take down in the Japanese fashion and held together by a smoked bamboo mekugi, or peg.


A better one of the knife


For the sheath design, I took the idea of the theme of the fuchi and the piece “stormy seas” and the first idea that came to mind is this iconic Japanese painting. I inlaid copper “dots” in a similar pattern to what’s on the fuchi and adapted the waves for something that would work in leather.


And I came up with this:




- Stuart


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wow,i love fusion style blades and this one is really amazing.

i've always loved the super precise style of japanese mounting, but sometimes find the shapes of them a bit boring.

however there is no line on this knife that i find anywhere close to boring :o

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That is a remarkable piece of work....

George Ezell, bladesmith

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yep. this one makes me realize how far I have to go with my knives (weird, I am better at swords than knives... anyway).


that is one very fine example of creativity and craft. I will look at it often, I am sure.

thanks for sharing some of the process with us.



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Yup- what they all said. Sometimes the english language just won't cut it. Like when trying to describe your knife and sheath and all the little details that you thought up in your head and then somehow transformed those ideas into reality with all those different materials. I have never seen a more beautiful knife. You done good, brother!

Dave Evans, Maker


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