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Last knife of 2015 - a Celtic inflected tanto. Blade is 5 1/2" long, 1/4" thick, forged fromW2, water quenched and given a hybrid polish to bring out the hamon. Copper habaki, silver seppas, and oil blued tsuba. Tsuka is carved from ebony, with a raised relief knot on the spine, and another in sunken relief (shishiai-bori). The raise knot is set with 5 champagne diamonds, tube set in sterling silver, and inlaid at the interstices. The blade is secured in the tsuka with a tapered buffalo horn mekugi. The saya is sycamore, carved with another celtic knot, with a lacquer and oil finish, fitted with a buffalo horn koigouchi and kurigata:

 

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let me know what you think...

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Hey Jake, how does this feel in hand? The first thing which caught my eye was this blade shape and spine. If / when I design a tanto, I would be hard pressed not to refer to this for inspiration however the carving has your signature. Alan's comments are true.

Thank you for sharing.

Gary LT

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Thanks guys. Gary, it feels pretty good in the hand - carved ebony always does. The blade shape is pretty traditional for a small tanto; the high peaked mune is not - at least I've never seen it before - but I really like the look, so feel free to take inspiration from it. It does make the habaki shaping a bit more complex, though... Woods are ebony for the tsuka and sycamore for the saya.

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Well, it just flows, the shapes and widths of each part.

(and I should have read the first post better about the wood)

I need to try carving something, nothing ventured/nothing gained, maybe just pick 2 points and get accustomed to them enough to feel good about it.

GT

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that is another outstanding blade/fittings/sheath combo. Hope this coming year is very productive for you, too.

 

That handle carving rocks, by the way!

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That is quite possibly the most perfect blend of east and west ever

 

I agree, you have achieved a perfect fusion of styles... it looks right.

Well done man, and happy New Year!

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that works, definitely yoroidoshi!

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