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Hearth Steel Iron Age Inspired Knife


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This knife is inspired by a number of finds from the Scandinavian Iron Age and made from my own hearth steel (wrought melted down and folded 8 times) with a wrought iron tang. The handle is birch burl and is glued on with shop-made pitch glue, with the tang secured with a small bend. The sheath is inspired by later examples, especially Anglo-Saxon, though there are sheaths like this from many places and periods. The blade is 10 cm, the handle 9.5 cm. 
 

Price: $340 US plus shipping

PM if interested 

 

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You really do need to develop a maker's mark. It's well past time

 

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31 minutes ago, Joshua States said:

You really do need to develop a maker's mark. It's well past time

 

This is actually something I struggled with on this one. I have a handful of stencils for different sizes I have been using for the past six months:

 

mark large.jpgmark small.jpg

 

I still need to find a way to mark "old school" knives like this without something that looks too anachronistic. In the world of google, putting my name means someone can very easily attribute the knife and find my other work, but might seem a bit out of place on something that is trying to look ancient.

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10 hours ago, Aiden CC said:

........but might seem a bit out of place on something that is trying to look ancient.

Very true.......

Somebody tried to explain the difference between a touch mark and a makers mark to me once, but it still sounds like two names for the same thing to me........except if you count your name as you makers mark and get a little symbol as a touch mark?

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I had the same problem so I have two different marks, my signature for modern knives, and a touchmark monogram for ancient work. I electro etch them.

I also have a stamp of the monogram for forged to finish stuff.

It really is a trade off between having a traceable legible mark and having something that looks good.

 

 

As I understand it a touchmark has to be struck in, either hot or cold, while a makers mark can also be etched or engraved.

 

 

 

 

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