Got some leather work ahead of me.
Striking the handle with the hammer is a big no no. The copper sheath helps me to protect the delicate blued steel.
After glue comes riveting.
Today I will try to put a decent edge on this guy without having my fingers shopped off.
I hope to have it done this weekend.
Not much left now.
The cut line you see is prepared for a copper line inlay.
Reusing some of my old design elements. The finger groove is very hard to hand grind to perfection, but it makes the handle feel great in the hand, and make the knife look really cool.
Today I have done some filming on three knives. Doing the editing is so much harder then on pictures but I believe it's important to get it right. I use a Sony A6300 camera and record in 4k resolution, giving me the ability to zoom in on details digitally when editing...
Today I'm preparing some Damascus steel to accept some copper.
Finished a folder sheath today. I do not do them to folding knives, but the customer wanted a every day user and a way to carry it in the belt. It came out as a rawhide leather sheath with some 20 000 year old mammoth decoration.
This is how I do it nowadays. I have been experimenting with different types of solutions over time and this is where I am at.
Today I have put together a small sheath for a folder. It have a belt loop and will be a every day carrier for a customer. Now it just have to dry a bit before colouring. After drying I will also asset the need for a lid of some type.
After a little bit of colour, it looks nice.
I took some time after lunch to sip tea and work on a new folder design. Here is the hand drawn sketch transferred to the computer.
Step by step design.
Middle section of sword handle being sculptured.
Copper fittings for the blade. It was allot of working making this fitt properly. But it will take the sword to another level. Got some surface work left to do on it.
Copper framework on 2 sword items.
Nice 3d effect on this one. First try on sculpturing.
The outer bark of an old mammoth tusk have usually a lot of colours. The tusk soakes up minerals from the ground during thousands of years and stores it in it's thin surface. Usually the colour is very thin and there for you have to combine two pieces of mammoth if...
Working on a sword guard. Here is a sculptured snake head in the microscope.
This was a sword I started making 2016 and finished 2017. https://youtu.be/48r7m2YbMwY
Pattern welded steel?
I'm etching some blades today. I'm glad I can do it inside instead of outside where the snow is piling up. However, if you are planning to ever handle acid please be reminded to be in a location without any metal in it. The acid fumes will corrode every type of metal...
This is one nice looking mammoth tusk bark scale.
Managed to update my webshop with the two knives I have been working one.
Here is a part of a upcoming knife. Some really nice mammoth pieces are at work on this baby.
Done some evening engraving on my small "I need a break" knife. Progressing well. Now it's time for metal inlays.
Fun but messy if you are too lazy to wear gloves.
Doing some work for my jewelry project Vallheim this evening. I will introduce two new pendants and is eager to get everything ready.
I have started on some engravings on a smaller knife. It will be a Viking knot both at the front and on the back bolster. I always listen to audio books when I work and I thought I might share with you some of my favourite titles in the future. Currently I have just...
Patterning done on the sheath. Now 3 days drying and then it's time for colouring.
Here is a close picture of a leather sheath during patterning and after. Still some fine tuning left to do.
Step by step a sheath pattern emerges.
Most of today went to finnish of sorting the company books. Soon it is declaration time for the Swedish IRS and I need to get all the papers to my accountant. All done now and I can get that nightmare off my mind untill next year. I also manage to get one sheath...
Rounding off this weekend by finishing the handle I have been working on. The knife turned out simple but very well. It will be more sheath making tomorrow. Now I'm off to home.
Did some sheath making this morning. Prepared the leather and is now ready to stitch it up. However that will have to wait for tomorrow.
Here is a quick way to make a nice clean radial fitting between materials in the handle. A milling machine is needed but when you have one, it works really good on wood and bone as on metal.
This piece of equipment makes it so easy to put the last finnish on a knife handle. The disk is a spare part from a hand held car polisher. It cost me about $10. A must have! [video data-wpid="18"...
This is my first serious try on some deep sculpturing. This will be a kickass Viking Sword! I still got allot left to do on this project and will take a small break when this part is done. It can become very frustrating working on one single piece for too long.
When most of my engraving time is focused on one large project, other smaller ones are piling up. I will soon take a break from the big one and clear out these. My plan for them? Sculptured Viking pattern on their metal bolsters.
Manage to get this bad boy together. It was a pretty long project stretching over a year. Do not miss the video at the bottom of the page:) Total length: 29cm Materials: Stainless steel and desert ironwood. Inspired by the historical Viking broken back...
I have just added two knife to my web shop. As long as they are visible in the shop they will be available.
I manage to finish a folder this time. The shapes inspired from the Viking broken back seax model. It have a backlock locking mechanism, titanium liners and fully sculptured pattern welded steel. Enjoy!
Greetings from a really cold summer in Sweden. I can definitely say 2017 will not be mentioned in the history books as the year I actually got a tan. Not even close... Been spending some time tin the smithy instead preparing materials for custom orders and...
I do not have a fixed place where I can keep my photo studio always ready. I´m currently using the guestroom/gym in the house as the studio when needed. This demands that I disassemble the equipment when I am done which, in it´s turn, demands av very simple setup that...
Today I have added two new knives to the web shop and to the knife gallery. I let the pictures speak for themselves:)