Sunday, August 2, 2009


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Fort

Fort Vancouver in Washington State is a very interesting place, without getting into the academics of interpretation too heavily. Circa 1820's, Fort Vancouver was built and occupied for the next 4 decades by the British/Hudson Bay Trading Company.

Of course my interest in this place is the vast artifacts recovered and documented. Also, the Blacksmith shop, with the bellows and forges as authentic as originally constructed, or at least as close as possible.

The opportunity to be a part of the Cannoneer crew that gets to fire the 3lb cannons and swivel guns is also of interest.

With some practice, study, and sweat I've been constructing some Poll Axes and Hinges. Because of the absolutely tremendous number of artifacts available at the Fort these axes can be very authentic in their reproduction.
BTW, these artifacts are available for public viewing by appointment only, by contacting Fort Vancouver National Park Service.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fiddling with Folders Part 3

This folder is not influenced by the Sword. The blade is highly laminated, Contorted complex steel.

I have three folders made with this Gordian knot patterned steel. This particular knife is framed with Brass and Rocky Mt. Elk horn furniture.

The matching knife is my personal carry knife. These 2 prototypes are not available for purchase, But, I do have an Identical knife available for puchase. The difference...Mule deer Buck horn Furniture.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fiddling with Folders Part 2

Again with the sword influence with folders. I used logging cable Damascus on all parts, Blade, Spring and lockback lever were all made with cable Damascus.

I used a double fuller, which is a characteristic of European blades. Brass framework is slabbed with stablized Buckeye.

This is another prototyype (You've seen it here first!) Hopefully to be available for purchase in the near future. Original prototypes are not available.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Fiddling with Folders Part 1

As with my fixed blade knives, they are also influenced by Swords.

I thought; "you know, I should extend this concept to folding knives." A Viking sword tip constructed in a folding knife. Copper and Green stablized Boxwood was my frame work, Complex composite Viking Broad sword tip constructed blade.

Pictured is the prototype (You've seen it here first!) These will hopefully be available in the future for purchase. However the original prototypes are not available.