View Full Version : Desert ironwood utility

Raymond Richard
01-14-2011, 11:11 PM
Here's a little knife I finished a couple days ago. Its got a 4 3/4" 1084 blade, wrought iron fittings, and ironwood handle. 9 1/2" overall





Michael Kemp
01-15-2011, 01:12 PM
Can't help it - I always respond to your blade shapes and graceful hamon. Love the rustic iron fittings. How is that shellac treated leather working for you???

Peter Killgore
01-15-2011, 01:57 PM
Nice! That's quite the contrast between the sides of the handle, the one being so dark. Great looking knife! Are you back to forging so the shop stays warm? :)

Raymond Richard
01-15-2011, 02:07 PM
Peter, I have forged for 4 days in a row but not to keep warm. Its been in the 50's the last few days in the shop and close to 60 last night after the forge had been on for about an hour.

Michael, As of yet I haven't heard the leather complaining about the shellac. I think the real test will be time itself. The mix I am using is very thin so its really not much more than doing a wet set with the leather. I do think the leather become much harder and stiffer with the little bit of shellac.

01-16-2011, 11:27 AM
Awesome knife, Ray! I love the two-toned handle. So many bladesmiths would be afraid to use wood that was colored differently on each side. But you pull it off with great style. I think it really enhances the knife. And I own one of your knives with very similar overall shape, so you know I really like this style.

Denny Eller
01-16-2011, 04:29 PM
Ray, that is another great knife in a style i really like. The beauty in it's simplicity proves that less is more.

Eli Gautreaux
01-20-2011, 09:11 AM
That's another great little carry piece Ray, love the thin handle.