Saturday, 14 November 2015

Knife and Axe

Having always wanted to design my own knife I sat down and worked out a design arriving eventually at the Woodland Way Knife.


Having eventually found Tapia Syjala from Finland to complete the work for me here is Tapia's blog  http://tsyrjala.blogspot.co.uk/ I have to say what a very helpful and talented young smith.

The blade is made 80Cr V2 Carbon Steel the handle is from Turkish Walnut secured with nickel silver pins.


The knife has been perfectly balanced by Tapia the tang being thinned accordingly. The edge of the blade has a 16 degree angle with a very small micro bevel. I'm very pleased with the knife a field test and review to follow.


So, onto the axe part of the post. I saw an online video review of the Hultafors Classic axe by Dave Canterbury and liked the look they are also made in Sweden. Currently, also the owner of two Gransfors axes the Small Forest and Carving. So having purchased the Hultafors it was planned to review the axe over a weekend trip out. However, the car had other ideas and broke down....so that's two field reviews to follow....








The Hultafors is slightly heavier than the Small Forest Axe and slightly longer shaft but a lovely tool. 
Hopefully a field review will follow in the not too distant future.

As always thanks for reading.

Paul.




Pau Rosa Polar 95 Hammered Carbon Knife.

It's been quite a while since I wrote a post for the blog no reason for that other than real life coming first!

My first real project as The Bearded Woodshed was the production of a Nordic Style Polar 95 knife with sheath which has already found a home.


Once I had purchased the Polar 95 hammered blade it was time to start work. A picture description follows:

Brass Generic Bolster

Bolster shaped,sized and polished to fit the blade.


Completed bolster with Red Fibre and Pau Rosa wood for the handle.


The work is then all sized, dry fitted and finally glued and placed into a press until dry.

Once dry its time to start to shape using a belt sander.

More wood removal

Eventually you get to see the shape of the handle come out of the wood.



Its then a case of completing the shaping by hand and working through a series of sandpaper grits to achieve a good finish. The wood was finished with a  few dressings of Danish Oil. I love the shape and colour of the handle. A perfect fit in the hand.

Time to make a sheath for the knife. I decided on a natural finish to the sheath with a dressing of Walnut Oil.



Well a quick blog on the knife and sheath. Hope you liked the work.

Than you for reading.

Paul.