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Kitchen knives haven’t ever been my main focus, I’ve made a few here and there but it really wasn’t an area that I had dialed in. This year I’ve been trying to change that. Whenever I have time that isn’t taken up with commissions I have started working on kitchen cutlery.

It’s cool to see just how thin you can get a blade while still maintaining it’s edge. Super thin, hard knives are an excellent test for your heat treating skills. There is always room for improvement, but I get excited when I make a knife that is stupid thin and it holds it’s edge well.

Here is a chef’s knife that I made for myself. Finally after being a bladesmith for 9 years I made the conscious decision to make a full sized chef’s knife for home. This has a 1095 blade with a Claro Walnut handle. The blade has a sturdy spine, but tapers down to a super thin edge.


The next two are a paring knife and a petty/home chef’s knife. They both have 1095 blades and Masur Birch handles. The paring knife has a 4″ blade and the petty has a 6″ blade. Both are super thin and light. These two are available for sale. Email me Nrunals@gmail.com if you are interested.

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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.



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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.

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I’ve also made quite a few of my standard length sheath knives, here are some of my favorites.

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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.

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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.





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Carved Seax

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.


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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

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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.



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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.


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If you’re interested in more info or to purchase this knife just visit my etsy site here.

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For sale

This little knife is for sale. The blade is 1084, and the handle is old growth diver salvaged red oak from lake superior. For more info, or to purchase the knife visit my etsy.





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In between commissions I was able to make this little knife. 1084/wrought iron laminated blade, Osage and copper handle. Leather sheath with copper reinforcement and a leather button for the belt loop. The blade is 3″ and the handle is 4″


If your are interested the knife can be purchased here.







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Moose Antler ring-dot

Here is a very small knife I just finished up. The handle is moose antler with a ring-dot motif. The blade is 1084 high carbon steel. The sheath is veg tanned leather with a sterling silver pocket clip.



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