Adam Betts Posted March 11, 2017 Share Posted March 11, 2017 Hello, fellow smiths! I present for your consideration a little knife with a lot of personality. I've made several knives lately that were intended to be my personal carry knife, but none of them really felt like MY knife, if that makes sense. I finally settled on this one. The inscription is something I did on request for a knife that I made for my best friend last year, and I liked it so much that I made mine to match. Also, I'm still on my wire-wrap binge, and honestly I like how it comes out so much that I don't see it going away any time soon. If I can get some slightly thinner wire, I'm going to try my hand at incorporating some decorative knotwork into the wire wraps as well. I was inspired by a piece that Jake Cleland posted in late January to try a forged-in semi-guard-thing. I expected it to go horribly wrong, but I kept the heat pretty localized and only heated to reddish-orange to forge it with a tiny ball-pein. The rest of the blade stayed straight and true, and the guard is really comfortable when using the knife. This is a really awesome development for me, because aesthetically I generally don't like plunge cuts and grind lines on knives (bowies are notable exceptions) and having this sort of forged guard makes a small knife with full transverse taper much more comfortable in the hand. The art on the sheath is original, but is based on depictions of ravens on Anglo-Saxon artifacts that I've encountered doing research for other projects. One of my goals for this project was to try to combine aesthetic themes from the various cultures that have inspired my work over the years into something unique and different and meaningful (to me, anyway). Thanks for looking, and I look forward to reading your thoughts, comments, critiques, and/or questions! Blade facts: Length: 4 inch edge, 8 inch OAL Thickness: 1/8" at the spine Weight: 2.8 oz (without sheath) Steel: W2 from Aldo, differentially hardened Other materials: Cherry handle darkened with vinegaroon, brass pins, copper wire 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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