|Project by toddhelmkamp||posted 01-28-2010 05:28 AM||5747 views||6 times favorited||17 comments|
Here is one of my latest creations. I call it the “Nordic Primitive” because it’s made in the traditional Nordic style and the blade has most of the forge scale left on it, giving it a rustic look. The blade is from Helle in Norway.
The handle is mostly made up of spalted maple. I carved most of it by hand. In case you don’t know (and I learned this two weeks ago when I looked it up), the spalts, or lines and patches of color in the wood are caused by different funguses growing int he wood. I think it gives it some nice character.
The spacers are made of vulcanized fiber sandwiched around a slice of polished elk antler.
I’m very pleased at how the brown streaks in the antler show up. This is far-and-away my favorite knife I’ve done so far. I think I might keep it. :)
-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com