Category Archives: Knapped Knife

Bear Skull Blade Fetish Tutorial

A new project, with a recycled tiny bear skull carved from antler I found hidden away in a forgotten box. I can no longer carve organic materials for health reasons, and this will be the last of my wood, antler … Continue reading

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Knapped Chalcedony Stone Dagger and Tulipwood Presentation Box

Some of you will remember the recent upper left image – my daughter laid claim to the chalcedony stone blade at the red arrow tip, and demanded a knife like the one laying on top (it’s not her birthday or … Continue reading

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“Greenman in Autumn” Pendant Dagger, Part 2

I started the engraving by cutting all the major lines. Next I’ll inlay gold wire into the Celtic beard… Inlaying gold wire, from top left clockwise – undercutting the line (blue arrows) – hammering in wire – more hammering – … Continue reading

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“Greenman in Autumn” Pendant Dagger, Part 1

   Above images courtesy of Bladegallery.com Beginning a new project – a tiny pendant dagger in my signature “Knapped Steel” style. Here it’s been cut out from 1084 carbon steel. Decreasing weight of the dagger, left to right – drilling … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 8

Here’s the finished knife.  I still need to make a box or stand for it (probably box?). Above is Hel, and her dead eye (moose antler). And, of course, here’s Odin. Thanks for looking!

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 7

Today I’m finishing up the engraving on the Hel side of the dagger.  Above, I’ve removed the background, using what I call a “scribble” texture for the cloth of her robe, and I’ve used a tiny four-sided point to stipple … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Gold Inlays – Part 6

Today I tackled the gold inlays on Hel’s robe.  This is always a stressful time, and a major effort for me in the process. I chose to inlay the areas in parallel gold wires, since these are mostly long and … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 5

Now it’s time to work on the Hel side of the Helheim Dagger.  I can’t claim sole authorship of the Hel design – my daughter has done a lot (most?) of that work.  I’ve been stymied for a while on … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 4

Today I’m finishing up the engraving on the Odin side of the Helheim Dagger. Above, I’ve finished shading the Celtic knots of Odin’s beard and the little Celtic ornament at the bottom.  I’ve added a little temporary Sharpie™ inking just … Continue reading

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Helheim Dagger in Knapped Steel – Part 3

After a lot of design pain I’ve finally come up with a design for this side of the knife – One-eyed Odin.  Above, you can see the design transferred to the knife scale, ready to begin the engraving process. Above, … Continue reading

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