Here’s another strange idea I came up with. This little knife is based upon a class of knives called “Blacksmith Knives” or sometimes “Viking Woman’s Knives.” These come down to us through antiquity, and were generally just simple (and inexpensive) utility knives roughly forged out by the local blacksmith. There is some debate about the validity of the “Viking Woman’s Knives” name, although I recently saw a treatise with images of similar knives found in pre-Viking graves. It’s written in a Nordic language, so I can’t vouch firsthand what it says, and is an image rather than text, so I can’t attempt an Internet translation. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
My little version here is hand forged and filed from 1080 carbon steel, and is 3.5 inches long in total (slightly less than 9 cm). Above, I engraved my pattern of a caterpillar eating it’s way through the steel and have begun to saw out the waste areas with a jeweler’s saw. This is pretty hard steel, even in a normalize state, and is a bit thicker than 1/8 of an inch (3.5 mm).
Continuing down the back. I’ve used at least three blades at this point. It is very difficult to hold the knife steady during sawing, since there are really no flat areas on the bottom side. I learned something here – since this is all on the top and easily accessed later, next time I won’t bother to follow the little hills and valleys. I’ll just cut a smooth curve across the hilltops ignoring the valleys. It would be far easier to just engrave and carve them in later, and would make the sawing a lot easier.