|Project by RusticJohn||posted 03-31-2014 03:45 AM||1640 views||3 times favorited||12 comments|
Every now and again one of the blades I make is better than the rest in the batch. I don’t know why as the process and materials are identical for the whole batch but it just happens. All my blades are very good but these ones are better than very good. I have taken to making an ornate handle for the special knives based on Netsuki. Each handle has a traditional Japanese craftsman holding a different woodworking tool. One has an adze, others have a saw, a plane, a hammer and a spokeshave. Each of the figures has an miniature Inro and a little Netsuki on his belt. There are Netsukis within Netsukis. The head of the main figure is about 20 mm high and the little head is about 5 or so millimetres high.
The woods used are Matai, Oak and NZ Kauri. The blades are made from either high speed steel or top quailty carbon steel depending on how I am feeling on the day. Both are as good as each other although the HSS tends to be brittle. Each of the faces has the full facial features including tiny eye lids, nostrils and eye brows.
I do have another 3 of these underway but each takes a long time and a lot of concentration to carve so I need to be unhurried, relaxed and calm to do them. Lots of fun but a bit tiring.