Custom and One-of-a-Kind Knives- Updated June 2013
Fishknife here is my first successful attempt to marry a carving blade to a figural knife, for me the blade and figure need to support each other. He's made from a giant mill file, just over 1/4" thick at the spine. The pattern on the spine is the original file teeth. He's about and inch wide at the front fin, and just over 7" long. Blade is thinned down to just over 1/16" at the back. He's one of my favs to use.
This is my first wood handled knife, not too far out of the ordinary except for the full tang- the steel can be seen in the ball end of the knife, its the same size and shape as the handle. The wood is either bocote or ziricote I believe, it was given to me in a box of exotics. This blade shape was a custom order, a gift in exchange for the box of wood. Between the dense exotic wood and the 1/8" thick full tang, this is a solid and heavy knife. The pic is of the handle in the unfinished state, the owner wanted to apply the finish himself.
The impression of the Japanese maker had on me continues, this fish knife is also spalted poplar, the blade is a floor scraper blade. This time the fish's head is the business end. You can't see it in this pic, but the handle at the blade end is curved to resemble the fish's gills. Hey I tried... I didn't try very hard tho- the carving was done quickly and left crude and lacks detail- the blade material was new to me and I wanted a figural knife I'd enjoy using without spending a lot of time on the handle in case the blade material turned out to be a loser. I'm happy with the knife, it cuts really well, and it the lightest one in my kit. The upswept blade works well and will probably be added to my stock knife repertoire. I'll be making more of these thin bladed knives.