Category Archives: Knapped Knife

Knapped Push Dagger Tutorial

Time to start another knife project. I think this will be a small push dagger, in knapped steel style with my nasty “ripper edge. Grinding my signature “knapped steel” flake scars into 3/16 inch thick 1084 steel, followed by differential … Continue reading

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Knapped Steel Neck Knife

Last August, I spent a week working at our local knap-in, where lots of stone tool knappers come and hobknob with each other. Lots of work, but lots of fun as well! While at the knap-in, I saw a friend’s artwork … Continue reading

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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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