I am posting these on behalf of my good friend Dan who has been producing gorgeous knives but doesn't do much internet stuff.
So here I am, sharing these projects. Since he doesn't read Craftster, he can be contacted at email@example.com
. All of these knives are made from scratch, he starts with a drawing and ends with these finished pieces. He also did all of the leatherwork on these.
He has been making knives for 11 months now and is apprenticed to Roderick Caribou Chappel. The leatherwork is something I particularly like about his projects. He did a custom piece for my husband and it's absolutely beautiful. I don't think I'll ever be able to carve/stamp/stitch stuff like he can. I think he learned most of that stuff when he worked for Tandy Leather back in the day.
As far as the metal end of it goes he uses 440c and 154cm. I have no idea what that means, but apparently it's what (some) good knives are made of. The handles are mostly made with stabilized hardwood, which is a really cool material if you've never seen it. It's essentially a gorgeous piece of wood that's been totally saturated with polymer. It's still wood, but it will last forever since for all intensive purposes, it's plastic. I've gotten my hands on some of the stabilized hardwood, I had no idea it existed before Dan started talking about it (and never really stopped).
I had the opportunity to hang out with him at the forge he worked at back in the day. He used to blacksmith before he got into serious knifemaking and I can't even imagine the environment he works in. The forge was loud and dirty and hot and..well...I guess my craft room isn't much safer, honestly!
One of these days I'm going to bug him enough to let me spend a day at the knife shop (assuming Rod is okay with it). I've done so many different crafts and knifemaking is something so foreign to me, it doesn't seem to use most of the crafting skills I have and I'm desperately curious.
I'm also going to try and get pictures of some of his leather work. Yet another thing I want to learn how to do, as if I need any more crafts to spend money on, right? I just keep seeing the coolest molded leather masks and they're so intriguing. Maybe I'll make my dog some leather armor or something, that seems like a fun project.
But I digress, I'm totally wandering off topic. His knives are pretty and I have to share the shiny awesome.
He also has a website at http://www.savagesmith.com