Variously known as a “blacksmith’s knife”, “viking knife”, “Celtic knife” os “Saxon woman’s knife”… knives of this pattern have been made for a few thousand years and similar historical examples have been found on archeological digs across the Nordic countries and beyond. The knife is forged from one piece, with a long tang drawn out from the back of the blade and folded around to form a surprisingly comfortable integral handle. My version is hand forged from 1084 steel, and I incorporate a twist detail which serves both to add visual interest and grip, as well as curling the end of the handle back to form an integral finger guard, preventing your finger slipping into the heel of the blade. These can be made to order but I usually have a couple “in stock” as this is one of the styles of knife that you can come and make for yourself on a Knifemaking Experience Day – meaning I usually have examples I have used to demonstrate the forging steps.
I finish these with a flat grind and supply them with a secure, handmade leather sheath with twin press-studs securing the belt loop and a single stud to retain the knife.
- Blade: the blade is 1084 high carbon steel and will rust if not looked after. Thoroughly dry and oil after use with a light gun oil. You may use cooking / olive oil if you are worried about contamination with food.
- Sheath: The leather sheath is finished in wax. I can heartily recommend Paul Sullivan’s 5 Star Leather Care wax. Google it!
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THIS KNIFE IS FOR SALE TO OVER 18s ONLY. By completing this purchase you certify that you are over 18 years of age and that you understand UK laws on carrying of knives and bladed articles. We may ask for ID / proof of age to be submitted before completing any purchase. Please don’t be offended, it’s the law – and if you want small knife makers to stay in business, then its a small inconvenience to ensure we keep everyone happy!