Archive for August, 2012


I hope to finish the kiridashi within the next 2 weeks.  I’m working on the head, the beard, horns and starting to add scales. I’ll try to save the eyes for last. A couple of things I want to point out…This is dragon is being cut out along an outline and the inside is being relieved to give the illusion of dimension. Most carvings of this kind have some of the background removed to make the carving/engraving stand out. I know that this Tamahagane steel is special, so I’m only removing what I have to. The kiridashi is a tool, so I don’t want to make it weak. I also want to point out that sometimes you have to step away from your work to really appreciate it. I like posting pictures on the computer, because I get to see it in “a different light”. I can see things that I miss when I’m working because when I’m working everything is magnified. I hope you all bear with me and stick around to see how it turns out.

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Still working

I DON’T MAKE KNIVES, I MAKE THEM BETTER! I’M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR KNIVES TO WORK ON AND KNIFEMAKERS TO WORK WITH. IF YOU’D LIKE YOUR KNIFE EMBELLISHED, I’M AVAILABLE. CHECK OUT MY OTHER PAGES TO SEE MY WORK. LET’S TALK.

Chuck Stapel’s Knives

Legendary Knifemaker, Chuck Stapel, sent these two knives to me to work on. These are custom made Ferrier File Survival Mountain Man Knives. Originally, these knives were hand crafted or “camp made” by mountain men from the thick files used by farriers. They could be used for hundreds of tasks and the exposed file was actually a godsend in countless emergencies.

Now they’re in my hands & I’ll be carving them, as soon as I know what I want to do on them. I’ll post pictures when they’re done.

Chuck Stapel believes in giving back (paying it forward) to others like me.  He donates his knives to many charitable organizations. Like most of the knifemakers that I’ve had the pleasure talking to, Chuck Stapel is a real down to earth, easy to talk to kinda guy. For instance, I made the mistake of calling him, Mr. Stapel. last time I talked to him and he corrected me. Thank you Chuck for all your help!

Sorry for taking so long to post, but I do this in my “spare time” and lately I haven’t had any. So here are some more pictures of the Kiridashi. To see the rest of the WIP, go to my July Archives, http://wp.me/p2AtF6-1.

Dragon with some scales added.

Working on the front half of the dragon.

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