In 2004 I was
inspired by an exhibition of Japanese Samurai antiquities and
swords to make my own knives. I bought some tool steel to
try to work with, but found it was too thick and oxidized
quickly. I put the
idea aside for a while until I found a reliable source of knife
jeweller, I already had all of the necessary equipment to
produce them and wanted to make some special pieces for my
pocketknife pictured is the 9th one that I have produced.
The hilt is Coca-Bola a beautiful hardwood from Brazil. I
cut each piece so that it is symmetrical on both sides of the
blade. When I hand polish it and shape it, this wood has
it's own oil and polishes itself.
I hide my signature on the inside of the lock and it can only be
read when the blade is open.
All of the peening (rivets) I do by hand so that each knife
blade is very snug to open. I prefer to use models that
are lock backs. The metal ends are White Brass and
have been hand engraved by Peter Cook from London Ontario.
The blade is
~4 1/8" long and
Right now I'm producing about 2 lock-backs and each one gets
more and more fancy. They are a joy to make.
This one is for sale
for $325 CND.