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Project by toddhelmkamp posted 1637 days ago 4149 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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woodworm

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#1 posted 1637 days ago

Cool knife – great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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mafe

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#2 posted 1637 days ago

Hi,
What a beautiful handle, such life in the wood.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Raspar

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#3 posted 1636 days ago

Very nice…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#4 posted 1636 days ago

Nice knife ! I have one from Norway too, needs to set it into a handle though maybe do that soon

-- Jeff

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Richard

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#5 posted 1636 days ago

Very nice indeed, here is something you just won’t find in your typical store. That would be an awsome present for a friend or relative. Out of curiousity, how many hours did you put into this knife?

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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toddhelmkamp

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#6 posted 1636 days ago

Thanks Guys! Richard, I think I have 8 to 10 hours in it, from first carving to final polishing.

-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com

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#7 posted 1631 days ago

great knife

but remmember there is nothing primitiv in a knife it is the most developed tool
in the world (next to the writen words) it started with a sharp edge on a stone and up
to day where we have all kinds of tools with sharp edges from knifes/akses to drillbitts/routerbits
and water/laser/cnc mashines all of them cuts in wood/food/iron

Dennis

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toddhelmkamp

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#8 posted 1630 days ago

Hi Dennis, thanks for the compliment, and the reminder that even though a tool may look primitive it is anything but!

-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com

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#9 posted 1630 days ago

just had to do it, cuoldn´t help it , just to trick you a little over the headline :—))

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#10 posted 1621 days ago

Nice knife Todd. Do you do the forgeing or metal work too? I have wanted to learn how to make knives but the blacksmith work intimidates me. I admire the carving on the handle. Beautiful work.

-- Lucky to get paid for what I love to do. Make sawdust.

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#11 posted 1620 days ago

Thanks for the kind words! At this point, I am buying the blades. Soon I hope to be making my own blades, once I scrape together enough money to buy the tools i need.

If you want to get started with blade blanks, I highly recommend www.northcoastknives.com www.jantzsupply.com and premiumknifesupply.com Any of those three sites will have everything you need to get started. If you like the Scandinavian blades like I do, check out www.ragweedforge.com and www.thompsonsknives.com.

Good luck!

-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com

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toddhelmkamp

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#12 posted 1620 days ago

Dennis, no problem, a little ribbing keeps me humble. :)

-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com

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#13 posted 1620 days ago

Really great looking knife!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#14 posted 1600 days ago

Very nice knife, I have always liked the look of spalted wood , you should try to find some old pieces of diamond willow , I think you would fun with it .

-- Everyday above ground is a good day.

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#15 posted 1600 days ago

After seeing some of your walking sticks I was thinking that myself! Where do you get yours?

-- Todd Helmkamp, http://www.thornhillknifeworks.com

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