Rat Tail Knife

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7 inches OAL.
Precision hand forged from 5160.

The integral bolster sure makes it a lot more comfortable and useful in the hand than the ("Viking woman's knife") type without. It's a nice little nesting spot for the index finger and it makes it a bit more sculptural looking than just flat through the transition.

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Jeremiah Rostig

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Thats the most beautiful viking women"s knife I have ever seen...!...the coil resting in the radius of the bolster is an awesome detail !!
 

Stormcrow

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Ever since I've started watching your work yea these many years ago, you have been a master of flawlessly blending elements from different designs with your own unique style.

As simple as this little thing is, it showcases that perfectly. :)
 

BDK

Active Member
Thats beautiful Tai. I have one of your blacksmith knives similar to this. The forge work is amazing. I use it to set my standards when forging .
 

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James, I worked on both a little at a time to try and keep the mass as evenly distributed as possible, but finished the rat tail last. If I had drawn the rat tail all the way out first, it would have been awkward to hold with tongs while working on the blade.
 

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Burnt canola oil, fresh out of the quench. Basically, I quenched the blade first, then the handle at a black heat and worked it in and out at around the smoke point. It's similar to the seasoning on a cast iron pan.
 
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