A modern bladesmith rooted in the old traditions

Two Gentleman Knives

These knives have been made from raw iron ore (hematite) collected in Virginia and North Carolina and some steel made in Hawaii from magnetite ore. The ore was processed in my shop and turned into steel by smelting and carburization. The bloom of raw metal was then further processed by compacting into a bar and folding to create several hundred layers of steel. The blade was forged by hand and then hardened using the traditional Japanese clay method to produce a hamon, a differential crystalline structure of the metal with the edge being hard (martensite) and the spine being soft (pearlite). This conveys the blade both functional and esthetics characteristics that I believe to represent the best of both worlds.

 

This first knife’s blade is about 6.5″ long and the handle is made from snake wood. The fittings and guard are made from antiqued copper. Tooled leather sheath included.

The second knife’s blade is about 7″ long and the handle is made from a particularly beautiful piece of amboyna burl wood. The fittings and guard are made from antiqued copper. Tooled leather sheath included.