Monday, July 5, 2010
I have a new project I'm working on, another collaboration with Noah of Wasteland Leatherwork. This is the next phase of the Wasteland Crow Project.
There are actually two different phases of the Wasteland Crow Project that we're working on. More details will be forthcoming, but here is the current progress on the large knife.
This is a barong-style blade 13.5" long. The handle is an integral socket, which is an incredibly strong construction. The steel is leaf spring, with multiple quenches in vegetable oil, differnetianlly tempered, bevel and false edge filed by hand. There will be more done with the handle wrap, but it is currently wrapped in cotton cord sealed with clear shellac that has had a bottle of India ink mixed in.
The shape of the blade, weight distribution, and angle in relation to the handle all combine for a strong chopping power. In spite of not yet being sharpened, I chopped through a good-sized chunk of elm, as you can see in the picture.