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Ondřej Borský

Sköll - a Knife in Ringerike Style WIP

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Good evening everyone!

This is the latest knife I am making, and I´d like to share the process with you :)  I decided to focus more on making knives as a whole, not only blades. That is not to say I am stopping blades, but I deffinitely want to finish more pieces

It all started with me having a blade I really liked, and a piece of curly maple:19055637_1929732517271133_1240258609610495890_o.jpg

I really wanted to do something in Urnes style which... I didn´t :D Somehow I am always drawn to the Ringerike style! In this case, the brooch below, particulary the beast portraited there, caught my eye...

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And so it began... I am still uncertain as to what the animal is, but for me, it resembles a wolf... I started drawing it, to get the details as close to the original as I am able. I changed one thing - I really didn´t like the legs of the beast in the brooch, so I looked at other ringerike animals and changed them a littlebit... Also, I tuned the tail a bit so that it fits the frame of the handle better:

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I decided to carve the beast first, it being the most difficult for me to carve, and therefore the most likely to be ruined. So, if there should be a ruinage, i wanted it to be as close to the beginning of the handle as possible... but, everything seems okay (well, there are always the little things that bug you, aren´t there :D ) and i finished the main carving just as the sun was setting... I found it rather poetical... and then I remebered a story from Northern Mythology, about a warg who chases after the sun, named Sköll. The dusk came, and the warg appeared in the handle... I ensnared it! No more chasing the sun, now it will serve the user of the knife!

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I apologize for the bad uality of the last shot...

 

Well, I wanted to make sure that Sköll will not break out of his prison, so I added cage around him (also, there is a flattened and ground piece of wrought I intend to use for a buttcap):IMG_0545.JPG

And this is where I finished today - now I am grinding micrometer after micrometer so that the buttcap fits as well as possible :). Yeah, I could have done it before the carving, but I was never much of a planner :D :

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Goodnight!

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Lovely. Thanks for sharing it with us. :) 

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Nice Ondrej (sorry, can't do the accent on the r). The blade, of course, is very nice but the handle and carving really complement and complete it. Personally I also prefer the leg design you used compared to that on the brooch.

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9 hours ago, Ondřej Borský said:

And this is where I finished today - now I am grinding micrometer after micrometer so that the buttcap fits as well as possible :). Yeah, I could have done it before the carving, but I was never much of a planner :D :

I had a chuckle at this. No matter how carefully I try to plan out a project there is often some little area that I have to "work back".

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6 hours ago, Garry Keown said:

 

I had a chuckle at this. No matter how carefully I try to plan out a project there is often some little area that I have to "work back".

Me too!

Nice one, Ondrej.  B)

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I absolutely adore that one ^_^

I have to make a similar one in the future... 

Did you use a rotary tool or a carving knife for the carvings? :)

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Love the knife and the story! Planning uh.................yes sir, I always plan...................on how to get out of the corner I worked myself into!

My wife tells me after 40 years I am getting much better at it!!  Image result for emoji for shock

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Hello gentlemen! So,  I finished it today :) I pre-dremeled the lines, just to have it drawn (I don ´t like using pencil) and then I carved everything by hand using a V-chisel :)

I patinized the whole handle, and then sanded it... the dye created a bit of a blurry effect, which makes, at least in my eyes, look it a bit older...

Please, tell me your thoughts!

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Thank you!

Today, things moved forward a bit. The leather for the sheath has been formed, plus I prepared, sanded and carved a reindeer antler plate that will serve as one of the mounts. It is carved in the same - ringerike - style, this time I took and fitted the design from a weather vane found on Gotland

 

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I absolutely love this knife! You did a great job. I can't wait to see the sheath. I really like the butt cap and ring.

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Very nice work!  The handle really came alive when you stained it.

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Thanf you George! The knife is finished now, and offered in knives for sale :) I must make one correction: the handle is ash, not curly maple... stupid me!IMG_0606.JPG

 

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+1 - Beautiful. 

 

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Thenk you gentlemen! I decided to make a short video about it, I hope I can make it soon :) Next I have an itching to make a smaller brokenback...

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