|Project by mafe||posted 03-26-2010 01:24 AM||3503 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
Here are a few of my knifes:
Minibigdeal (with two sheeths, one for the pocket), Fishermans friend (if he likes shark), Amorfe (David Crocket – Bowie inspred big knife), Japanese hunter (gift for my stephfather who is a hunter – and a lawyer, but I think it’s the same), a sketch as they look when I design the knifes, before starting, Keepitsimple (all to a minimum).
I by the blades, and do all the rest.
Handles are allways made to fit the purpose, and the users hand size, this optimize the grip a lot, and makes it a pleasure to use the knife.
Normally I find a beautiful blade and then start sketching for a shape and Idea that fits the blade, and when I feel I have a shape or idea that are right, I choose materials for the knife, and hold this up agains sheth ideas. For the sheeths, I love to try new layouts, and combine the traditions from different countrys.
When all has been drawn, I start the work, and it usually comes quite close to the sketch.
I started this since I have Norvegian family and they have a long tradition there for beautiful handmade knifes. I was in a period of stress in my life, and needed to do something to meditate, and the knifes were for me a wonderful chance to be so much into what I did, that I forgot to be stressed.
Since I do it only for that purpose, and acually don’t want it to be a living, I have only sold 3 knifes, and since they were all sold under the condition that they got them when I finished them, no matter the time, it was a real pleasure to do them.
The back side of this is that I have quite a collection of knifes now, but probaly in some years I can strat to give some to the family, when I feel less attaced to them and the process.
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.