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The workshop can be a pretty lonesome place sometimes. I don’t have any officemates or coworkers to banter with throughout the day, and though I do occasionally talk to my hammers and swear at my anvil the conversations tend to be pretty one-sided. I do, however, have internet access, and really enjoy interacting with friends, peers, and customers via social media. I also just opened an Instagram account, where I will try to post at least one photo every day from the shop. If you’re interested in getting a few extra glimpses into the process of making a high performance custom knife, this can be a great way to do it.

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My handle on instagram is @wulfdmaker – come visit my page here. Seriously, my hammers already think I’m crazy.

 

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To help the DesRosiers

Adam and Haley DesRosiers, of Petersburg, Alaska, just lost their workshop to a devastating fire. Adam and Haley are both accomplished bladesmiths and wonderful, giving people that have helped so many others along the way, including myself. Like many Alaskans, Adam and Haley are proudly independent and self reliant people. They built their workshop from scratch, even harvesting their own lumber for the structure. The loss of this building and the many tools and materials inside is a huge setback for them.

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Being such independent people, they would never ask for our help to rebuild, but many of us still wish to lend a helping hand to get these two good people get back to doing what they love – and what they live on.

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For my part, I wish to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this knife towards the rebuilding of their shop.

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Here’s a quick youtube video showing the knife in greater detail:

I will sell it for the highest bid received by 6pm, EST, on Monday, January 4. Bids must be emailed to me at derrickwulf at gmail dot com, or posted in the comments on facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/167279416965947/

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I will ship the knife (at my expense) to the highest bidder upon confirmation of payment received by Adam and Haley.

***Knife is sold*** Thanks, Roger!

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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.)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Much love from your little brother,
Derrick

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Green choppa

I made this knife a few years ago right around the time I got my JS stamp and kept it for myself to use as a brush and trail clearing knife around my property. Then I went and moved to a little mountain village in the Bavarian Alps where there is no brush at all, just big mountains with fir and spruce trees and perfectly maintained trails just about everywhere. So it’s probably time for me to part with this choppa and make myself something more suitable for my new environs.

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The blade is forged 1084, fully hardened and drawn back at the tang and spine for added toughness and ductility behind the cutting edge. The blade is 10″ long and the overall length is right about 14 1/2″. The handle is made out of linen micarta with stainless pins and lanyard tube. The leather sheath was custom made for the knife by David Seward of Arkansas.

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For a knife of this size it’s fairly slender and light, which also means its fast and easy to carry. The spine thickness at the ricasso is only about 3/16″ and the blade is distally tapered towards the tip, making it a very efficient cutter. It’s still quite a bit beefier than your typical machete, but doesn’t compromise on cutting efficiency the way a big huge overbuilt chopper might.

The handle is designed to fit a medium sized hand comfortably.

Though it’s technically still unused, the fact that it’s a bit older (note the older maker’s mark) and the sheath has a minor scuff from getting bonked during storage, I will sell this knife for significantly less than what I would charge for a new one today. Please email if interested.

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Damascus and bog oak camp knife

Here’s a knife I just recently finished up. This would probably be considered a camp knife, suitable for everything from preparing food to splitting kindling wood for the fire.

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The blade is a bold, high contrast twist pattern damascus forged from a mix of 1084 and 15n20 steels.

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The handle is made out of a piece of ancient bog oak. I’m not sure of its exact age but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was at least 2,000 years old. I shaped and polished it to 1500 grit, then finished it with shellac and antique wax to help seal and protect the ancient fibers. The open grain and smooth finish feel very warm and inviting in the hand, while the contours provide a sure and comfortable grip during extended use.

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The guard is stainless steel, with a thin bronze spacer that nicely complements the warm brown tones of the bog oak.

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This knife appears much more dramatic in person, as I seem to have lost some of the resolution in my photos when I scaled them down to a smaller web-friendly size. The damascus pattern is actually much more distinct than appears in these pictures. Such are the limitations of modern electronic media.

This knife is currently available, so if you want to see it in all its glory, hold it, use it, do whatever you want with it, just send me an email and we’ll talk.

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