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Damascus utility knife for Kirstin

I finished this knife last month but waited until it was in Kirstin’s hands before posting it here. (Click on the photo for a fullsize version.)


The blade is pattern-welded steel that I forged in my shop in America out of 1084 and 15n20 carbon steels. I don’t recall the exact layer count but I think it’s in the neighborhood of 150, give or take. The overall design was meant to be compact, easy to carry and use, but stout and robust enough to handle all manner of daily cutting tasks.


The blade is a little shy of 4 inches with a modest belly and dropped point for efficient slicing and carving. The centered tip is also well suited to finer point-work. Thickness at the spine is maybe around 5/32 or 3/16 to accommodate an acute but strong cutting edge.


The handle is a beautiful piece of pomele sapele, a tropical African hardwood that can produce gorgeous ribbon-like grain figure. The wood is somewhat similar to mahogany in terms of density, hardness, and stability, making it a very good handle material. It finishes well and feels smooth and warm to the touch. I finished this piece with oil and wax over a 1200 grit polish, and Kirstin reports back that it feels great in her hand. Good to hear!


Kirstin, I really hope that you enjoy owning and using this knife that I made for you. May it always be there for you when you need it, as you have always been there for me! Happy birthday, happy new year, and all the best from me to you.


Much love from your little brother,