Miles custom knives
I had draw the pattern for each blade using no templates so each is unique from the beginning. I usually choose either D2 steel, or high carbon 1084 to 1095. When I use damascuss steel, I aquire that from well known makers. I do all the work myself of shaping, normalizing, hardening, tempering. I usually have a harder edge with softer back. I triple temper and I cryo treat all blades with dry ice and acetone. I often hammer copper and or brass into the steel during forging for decoration. I use a flex test and edge test. Edge test is brass rod swipe and get minimum 200 strokes, compare this to 20 to 50 strokes for normal factory blades. I hand draw designs for acid etching, and do the etching myself. I often provide a sheath for knives that require one. If not I sell them separate for $25. Handle material is usually Alaska materials I gather and handle myself, mammoth ivory, local wood burls or local rock like jade. I custom cast guards and pommels from own hand carved originals and molds. I do all my own stabilizing of handle material.
Knife skinner chain saw steel 517
Knife boot knife blank eagle theme
Utility opal handle knife
Custom knife with sheath. 4 x 1 x 1/8th inch thick D2 steel from industrial planer blade. Nice crisp detailed etch of chickadee bird on one side, open flower on the other. Interesting stone Peru blue opal handle . Australia opal set in pin centers. Mammoth ivory spacer is the brown. Custom copper guard is crude flower. Copper from 1920 waterpipes in Nenana Alaska. Rockwell 59, back softer. Double temper and deep cold cryo treated. Sheath has blade of grass carved in. Handle, being stone, is heavy, but functional.
Dagger of fossil bone
Custom knife using 40,000 year old fossil bone for sheath and handle. Dagger shape sharp both sides. D2 stainless steel, flower them etched with copper centers. Light in weight. Handle fossil wolf rib bone sheath prehistoric bison bone. Mammoth ivory end caps on knife and sheath are pinned. I had in mind a renaissance dagger, for reenactment people. Sheath a work of art in itself with sterling silver lace, bronze leaf solder pinned on. Very sturdy and usable. Rockwell 60 blade.