About a month and a half ago I was approached by a customer with a pretty interesting request. He said that he was a traveling tattoo artist/illusionist and he would like an entire set of knives to make him look like Bill the Butcher from Gangs of New York. After some back and forth we nailed down a design, this was a great customer to work with because he knew the basics of what he wanted, but let me have total artistic freedom with the project, I think it paid off. His website is www.inkllusionist.com
To start off he wanted a HUGE cleaver 9″ blade that is 5″ tall 1/4″ thick with an 8″ handle. He also wanted 2 belt knives, 5 throwing knives, and a belt with hand forged hardware to hang it all off of. I decided that it needed a sharpening steel, so I added that to the package as well.
It slipped my mind to get some shots of the throwing knives in the final photos, so here is one before everything is done.
The hardware for the sharpening steel.
I had my friend Rusty ofMercy Leatherworks give me a hand making the belt.
This was a pretty fun and interesting project, if you have the chance to go see Seven from The Ink Illusionists you definitely should.