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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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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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I’m really starting to enjoy making laminated blades. Something about adding 100+ year old wrought iron into a knife really adds to the overall joy I get out of making and using These blades.

I just finished up this knife, it’s a wrought iron and 1084 laminated blade. The handle was a piece of oak that was about to be burned,but when I split it I noticed a very nice figured grain, so here it is, not in the fire.

Something else I did with this knife is really try to stick to the plan. I usually draw out rough sketches, but I never really consult them during the making of the knife. I feel like it paid off this time, I like how this one turned out. There are always things to be improved upon, but this is a step in the right direction.

If you’re interested, the knife can be purchased here.

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Hello, as this is my first post it will mostly be an introduction. In the future I hope to explore ideas about workmanship, design, and how art finds it’s place in a utilitarian setting. I also intend to post tutorials on how I make things.

I’m a blacksmith that focuses on blades, and tools. I’m enthralled by the process of creating things, anything that gets me closer to the core or creation really inspires me, and that is why I love to make tools… hopefully my work inspires others to create.

Be sure to check out my etsy shop Naterunalsblacksmith

Here are a few photos of my work.

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