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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.


Here is another departure from my normal style, very clean, but hopefully it still has character.

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

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Here is a project that I just finished up, it’s a kit that I made to be used for mushroom hunting and wild foraging. It consists of a knife, a trowel, a brush, and a bag to carry your finds out of the forest.

 

The knife is another laminated blade with a copper guard, antler, and oak that I darkened with vinegar and iron filings. The sheath is leather with copper reinforcements and a depiction of fiddleheads growing on the bottom of the sheath.

 

 

The trowel is a piece of an old cymbal, iron, copper, and cherry. The brush is boars hair, and antler.

 

The bag is stitched out of burlap, and the patch on it is a hand cut hand printed block print done by my wife Rosie.

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