There is a certain aesthetic that I prefer for my knives, and part of my goal is to really develop my own voice in this craft. However, in order to truly find your style I feel that it takes years of experimentation. You must be open to new designs and techniques, or you will become stagnant. I suppose this goes for all aspects of life, not just craft.
This summer and fall have been quite busy for me, in personal life, and work. Here are a few knives that I completed from August to October.
First up is a custom order for a knife and spork set. Laminated blade with curly oak handle.
A traditional Scottish Sgian dubh that was made for a customer’s son’s wedding. Much simpler, and cleaner than I prefer, but it was very rewarding to make.
Here is a style that I love, I actually based it off of my own knife that I made myself many years ago. The handle is local peach wood.
Being a blacksmith first I welcome jobs like this bottle opener.
I always try to keep some less expensive knives in stock.
Finally a larger knife, somewhat of a camp knife. I’m experimenting with different size blades. It is my desire to make a useful tool, and lots of big blades are far to fat, heavy, and have much too obtuse of a cutting edge. this one is durable, and light.
Some of these blades are available for purchase on my etsy site. www.etsy.com/people/NateRunalsBlacksmith