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Worth Baker

Bladesmith Trade Knife

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My end of a trade with a friend. We have done a lot of blacksmithing together and wanted a piece of each other's work (especially now that we live very far apart). So we decided to each make a knife for the other. He designed the handle carving to have urnes period viking style hawk and deer. It is a bit difficult to see the carving in the handle as the grain in the burl tends to hide it. This is a replacement for his everyday carry knife that broke, so it is a fairly simple blade that should be pretty useful for mostly anything.

 

His original design sketch for the handle

 

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The final result

 

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Very nice. Even the sketch is worthy of framing.

 

Geoff

Thanks very much! I agree, he has a much greater talent for designs than I do. I rarely draw a plan even for more complicated pieces.

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Finally got around to making the sheath for this one and had some better photos taken before I sent it off. His only request for the sheath was that it have a Norwegian fjord horse on it.DSC_0335.jpgDSC_0334.jpgDSC_0337.jpgDSC_0339.jpgDSC_0340.jpgDSC_0341.jpgDSC_0342.jpg

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Thanks very much everyone, had it shipped to him the other day. A bit late for Christmas, but I am looking forward to hearing what he thinks.

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Made it back from this friend's wedding. Proud to report that the knife was worn by him not only the entire day, but I did not see it leave his side once for the entire four days except in the name of safe dancing. He loved it so much that it was used to trim his nails just an hour before the wedding despite perfectly good nail clippers sitting six inches from his hand. It was also a great chance to work together again, this time making over 90 forged leaves as wedding favors. It was a wonderful reminder of why I love my propane forge. The trip also gave me the chance to see some of the incredibly impressive glasswork at Corning.

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Beautiful work .

Does your friend happen to have a Norwegian Fjord Horse? I had one for my autistic stepdaughter. Wonderful horses.

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On 7/8/2018 at 9:59 PM, Vern Wimmer said:

Beautiful work .

Does your friend happen to have a Norwegian Fjord Horse? I had one for my autistic stepdaughter. Wonderful horses.

Yes, he actually has two. A mother and son that were rescued. He is a little obsessed with them. When I first met him he carried around a water bottle with a lid carved into a Fjord Horse's head.

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The fjord was the last horse that ever bucked me off and it WAS NOT the horse's fault. My pit bull decided to try and get in the saddle with me and the horse wasnt having it. The first thing she did was come over and check on me and kept the dog away.

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SWMBO  told me to tell you that she loves everything about that knife and sheath.

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