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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.

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This is a knife that I actually made for myself. I tried to make it look well used by a Viking commoner. I spent a long time trying to achieve the proper patina on the blade and handle, I used things like lemons, vinegar, onions, soot, coal dust, and raw linseed oil to get the desired look.  The blade is 1084 high carbon steel, the handle is maple with a brass bolster and an inset brass rivet block. The sheath is veg tanned leather “stained” with soot and sealed with beeswax.  The metal on the sheath is brass and copper.

Blade length: 4 1/2″
Handle length: 4″
Blade thickness 3/16″

 

Like I said this is my personal knife and is not for sale, but I can certainly make one just like it for you.

 

 

 

 

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