The last show is over and the final orders are on the bench. Nearly time to put my feet up and eat, drink and be merry. We have a had a busy year so stock levels are low, however look out for some new designs in the New Year. For now, we would like to say a big thank you to all our customers and social media followers and to wish you all a merry Yule from us at Green Man Knives
Classic Spring Folders
I have made several folding knives in the past and they are never in my stock for long. Consequently I never have them for sale at the shows and fairs that we attend and we are always asked for them.
These have blades made from RWL34 a super-hard wearing knife steel that is also stainless.
I have put flat ground cutting edges on these knives (Scandi Grind) for ease of sharpening and great performance when wood carving.
This is the second marlin spike I have made and the first one was a bit of a surprise commission for a bladesmith.
But this one isn't for a sailor but a wilderness adventurer; a bushcrafter!
This one I forged from 410 stainless steel and it has a shackle key, too; all hardened to cope with the stresses and strains of its working life.
A moulded, hand made leather sheath to keep it in completes the package.
All finished with the usual Green Man Knives finesse.
Two knives went out today to begin their new lives in two busy commercial kitchens
This one is a santoku from my Seiyo range. Knives in this range have a full tang blade but Japanese style blade. 'Seiyo' means East-West fusion.
This particular knife is made in a stainless blade steel that takes a superb edge but is tough enough to take the punishment of a commercial western kitchen. The handle is of yew and there is a matching saya (wooden sheath). The knife handle is fully stabilised and fixed with my unique 'hallmark' mosaic pins. The African Blackwood peg keeps the knife secure in the saya.
8" blade 3/16" thick with full tang and made of RWL-34. Mammoth tooth and buffalo horn handle with stainless steel fingerguard and pommel.
Detailing includes my own unique mosaic pins that fix the handle and textured surfaces to complement the high polish.
Of course the sheath must equal the knife. Full grain, vegetable tanned 8oz tooling leather hand dyed and hand saddle-stitched with a press-stud keeper.
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A peaceful time of mental preparation
How a winter's day often starts at Green Man Knives.
It's a great time to collect your thoughts and mentally prepare for forging blades.
Just staring into the flames is calming but the sulphurous smell of the fuel is also special to me
I have been ploughing through the order book today to catch up on the commissions I have stacking up.
From a little 2" carving knife through sets of chef's knives to another of my big 'Marines Hunter'.
All these knives are in RWL-34, a steel which I've been using for quite a few years now. Made in Sweden, it is stainless, takes a superb cutting edge and is extremely hard and wear resistant without being too brittle.
"What's the down side" you maybe thinking. Well for me it is quite a fight to get a fine finish on. Many heroic polishing belts met their doom today to get these blades ready for the polishing mop.
For my customers, however, there is no downside. It's just about as perfect a knife steel as one could get!
Some time ago I was asked by it's editor, Danny Reid, to write some articles for The Bushcraft Journal - an online, bi-monthly magazine that is just about to celebrate issue 12 and two years of publishing.
Having written several articles on making a full tang bushcraft knife, my next article is going to be making a leather sheath in which to carry it.
As I have lots of sheathes to make this coming week I have dragged the camera into the workshop to take photos for the article.
The next issue of The Bushcraft Journal is out on February 1; that's Imbolc or Brigid to my pagan friends 😊
I hope all my readers had a great festive season as indeed did I; perhaps too much food and wine but there can never be enough 'gathering of the clan'!
Back into the workshop this morning and crumbs it's cold, even with background heatig on.
I have been impatient to get back to this project. I glued it up before the break and today is the exciting bit of cleaning it up and shaping the handle. Finished shots soon 😊