I just got these two bits of work in the post. The first is a blade by James Wood and is for me. The second is a damascus kitchen knife by Owen Bush and unfortunately isn't for me to keep, but instead have a look and a play then send it on it's way. Both of these guys forge their blades and they're pretty good at it too!
So, firstly the James Wood blade.
A while back, James and I were chatting about him making me a wee pukko blade for whittlin' and what not. I wanted one that I knew would be destined to stay with me and not sold on.
A superb bit of forging that's perfect about from one little detail. A little whittlin' blade? I don't think so!
It is a great bit of work though and as I said to James, I'm very happy with it and now I'll have to commission a second, smaller blade at a later point in time. :D
Second, the damascus kitchen knife by Owen Bush:
Owen has recently decided to start making some pattern welded / damascus bladed kitchen knives in a Japanese style, and this is one of the offerings.
The tang of the knife is a stick tang and combined with the wood of the handle being magnolia, the knife feels very light and fast in the hand.
I believe that the handle is a pre-made handle that Owen has sourced. The bolster is buffalo horn and the design is assymetrical, designed to fit a right hand.
The blade tapers from the handle down to the tip.
and the edge is gently curved along it's length.
Owen can be found at http://www.owenbush.co.uk/