Saturday, 14 December 2013

An Early Shiny Christmas present

After selling most of my knives Iv'e made over the last few years, I thought I'd find the time to make just one more for myself and try to hold on to it this time, before switching to other Bushcraft activities. I'm looking forward to getting out more and taking along the wildlife camera trap, to see what's lurking in the woods at night. Best be careful where I set that up then!

This blade was forged out with a friend a couple of years ago, and after realising what I now want in a knife for general bushcraft use, I decided to burn off the handle, reshape it slightly, flatten the bevel, make it into a stick tang, and make a new handle. A new sheath was on the cards too.

I decided on a Reindeer antler bolster, Leather, Pewter, Yew, and Elm burr to form the handle on the blade forged out of coiled spring steel.

Getting the raw materials together and a few ideas. I collect all my woods from tree work, season them at home, and then use a chainsaw and hand tools to shape them into usable sections.
 I was going to use Birch burr as in the picture but thought about an elm burr that's been kicking around for a while. Yew won out this time for the end grain section instead of Oak.

Bucket forge full of charcoal for the heat treatment. Great little device for simple forging too.

All the bits ready to be glued up and shaped. 

All done!

Partially rounded spine

Bolster worked out better than I thought

I love this effect on the Yew

Shiny new sheath made with dangler loop and firesteel holder.
I guess an Elm burr or Yew firesteel handle is now called for at some point.

Hope you like it as much as me :)