Thursday, September 27, 2012

Scandinavian Knifemaking

Welcome to my new blog, Fisker Fjord Knives. I have recently begun the craft of Scandinavian style knife making and this blog will showcase some of the knives I have made. Soon I will begin a knife making tutorial.

Below is a knife I recently made. The handle is Bloodwood (Brosimum rubescens}, a tropical hardwood from South America. Bloodwood, also known as Cardinal Wood, has a beautiful deep red/rose color and a very smooth finish. The blade is a Helle Varg blade, from Norway and the handle is capped with a brass guard. Being my first knife, I did not venture too far in the creativity spectrum, but did shape the handle similar to other, professionally made knifes.

I have found that the best way to get a handle designed is to look at other knifes from various knife makers and go from there. I copy and print the knife from the website photo, then cut out the handle on the piece of paper. Using that as a guide, I either hand draw or trace the knife handle onto the wood blank I am using. Future posts will delve more into that as I have pictures that show the tracing.

Here is a list of a few Scandinavian knife makers to help you in the handle design phase followed by a photo of the knife that I call "Rødrev", which means Red Fox in Norwegian.



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