A few months ago a bladesmithing community that I’m a part of decided to do something pretty neat. Everyone would make a knife based on a theme that we would all agree upon, and at the end of the given time we’d swap knives.
My knife went to a guy in Delaware
The knife I got was from a guy who lives in the Czech Republic named Hloh. He’s a really great guy who makes very good knives in a primitive style. Lots of times he doesn’t use any electricity, forges with a ground forge, and charcoal, and uses lots of repurposed materials.
This is the knife he made.
The package came in the mail last week and I was so excited! To start off it was very heavy, and wrapped in butcher paper. I tore off the paper to find a very old wooden box wrapped up in string
…. And the contents
Included in the package: The original dagger, a folding knife, a small detailing knife, a very old hammer head, some lilac wood, and some Italian walnut. Hloh is a very generous man! It was so exciting to receive all of these things.
I decided to rehandle the hammer head right away, and put it back to work. It required a bit of filing to make the faces true, and get rid of the mushrooming around the eye, but it was short work, enjoyable too. I don’t know how old this hammer head is, but it’s hand forged, and seems very old.
The next step was to make a handle for it. It seemed only fitting to make the handle using only hand tools, specifically hand forged hand tools.
And the hammers first job. A small detailing knife.