Here is a recently completed collaboration between myself and a good friend David of Cedarlore Forge. He rough forged the pattern welded blade, and I finished it out with a copper, moose antler, and walnut handle.
It’s been a little over a year since I’ve updated this site. I have not been idle though. It’s easy to let social media and other online platforms slip away. I won’t be able to update you on all the work I’ve done this past year, but here are some of the highlights.
I’ve made quite a few friction folders, lots of different styles. I enjoy making folders, it’s satisfying to get the action just right. It takes a little experience to know what works and what doesn’t with these little guys, and if feels like I’m getting the hang of it.
I’ve also made quite a few of my standard length sheath knives, here are some of my favorites.
There are lots of other types of knives and tools I’ve made since the last post, but I’ll leave you with one last style, one of my personal favorites. The seax. Here are two very different examples. One pattern welded, and one with a mono-steel blade with an auto-hamon.
Wait, here is one more! This seax is available for purchase! Curly maple, birch bark and copper handle with a 6 bar pattern welded blade. Email me Nrunals@gmail.com for more info.
Here is a seax that I’ve recently finished up. My good friend David Delagardelle did the handle carvings, maybe one day I’ll have the competence to actually do my own carvings, but for the time being I lean on my friends in the craft.
As I’ve said many times before, I absolutely love small knives. I think they are the most useful all around knife simply because you’ll always have it on you. Unlike big blades (which absolutely have their own place) small knives can be slipped into a pocket or a bag and be ready to go when you are.
This knife is no exception. It has a 2.5″ pattern welded blade, and a 4″ walnut handle with a copper bolster and black and red spacers.
Feel free to email me if you have any questions. Nrunals@gmail.com or go to my etsy to purchase this blade. www.etsy.com/shop/NateRunalsBlacksmith
In between commissions I was able to make a knife for sale. It’s becoming more and more rare that I’m able to have time to make a non commission piece. This is what I’ve come up with.
It’s sort of a modernized interpretation of a 10th century Scandinavian seax. The blade is 100 year old wrought iron and modern 1084 high carbon steel forge welded together in a laminate construction. The handle is Massur Birch, Birch bark, and copper. The sheath is vegetable tanned leather with copper reinforcements.
This thing is big and beefy, the spine is a little over 1/4″ thick. The overall length is about 11″
If you are interested in purchasing this piece check out my etsy site by clicking here.
In between commissions I was able to make a knife that I’ve wanted to make for a while now.
It’s a sort of interpertation of an Anglo-Saxon broken back seax. It’s more stubby than lots examples I’ve seen, but there are tons of these things still in the dirt, and it wouldn’t surprise me if there was on just like this in the ground somewhere.
The blade is 3 3/4″ of 1075 and has an auto-hamon. The handle is Massur Birch and copper. The sheath is beeswax coated leather with copper hardware.
If you’re interested in more info or to purchase this knife just visit my etsy site here.