Some knifes as I promised.

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Project by mafe posted 03-26-2010 01:24 AM 2980 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 01:34 AM

they all look good Mafe
but I like those two at the top most


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#2 posted 03-26-2010 01:47 AM

very cool knives. great job

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 01:52 AM

Nice work. Those look great.

-- Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistake-- ( Oscar Wilde) Chris, Illinois

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 06:27 AM

Very nice and I understand the attachment to your works. I really like the one second down on the right. Thanks for sharing your design sketches, they are almost as interesting as the knives themselves and show how you really think about the form and how it will all work together with the sheath. Well done!

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 07:57 PM

Very interesting designs, I like the fish handle knife. I like your idea of selling, but keeping with your conditions of taking your time and enjoying your work.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 09:29 PM

Beautiful knives Mads and of course the sheaths as well. I can understand that you want to keep them. It is a collection to be proud of. Yes, many Norwegians also make knives and sheaths as a hobby, and some very beautiful designs as well. There is nothing quite like a very finely handcrafted useful item.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 09:43 PM

nice job on the knives, they are interesting. I would be afraid the sheath for that little one would come off in my pocket, resulting in injury… I like the leatherwork, too. Great projects, thanks for sharing these.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 03-27-2010 02:27 PM

You are all right, I need to try and earn a little buck, on this intrest, and stop to be so attached.
I will do my best in the future, the next knifes I will make are for my girlfriends boys, I hope to finish them before the hollydays, so my daughter and them, can spen some wonderful moments with me in the forrest.
The sheaths for the little pocket knife, are two, one for nomal use, the buttom, and one for the pocket in top, the ond in top is shaped (while wet) arround the knife, so it will not move a mm inside the sheath, and the leather are ‘pounced’ very hard, so its as hard almost as a piece of wood.
Thank you for all the compliments, they really touch me.

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

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