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Tuesday, December 15, 2020
If you look over my blog, you'll see that I carve spoons. My primary tools are a hook knife and a sloyd knife. Sloyd is a Swedish word for wood crafting. Essentially, by saying "sloyd knife," I'm saying "wood working knife." But it is fun to use a foreign word.
I found out that a teacher and student teacher at my daughter's school are both spoon carvers, too. Because I want to be extra supportive of teachers right now, I thought it would be good to give them each a new sloyd knife. (I don't want to get into the whole concern about knives in schools. There are no students in that school right now, so it isn't a big thing to leave a knife in a wrapped package.)
I made the handles of Alaska birch. Blades are my usual repurposed spring steel. It is a good steel and I've been very happy with how it performs in my blades so far.
Here's a picture of the two knives just before I did the sharpening and stropping.
As usual, my mark is the rune Wyn/Wunjo (depending on if you use the Anglo Saxon or the Norse name for it). It looks like an angular P and it makes the sound of a W, so both my initials are there in one mark. Sort of fun!
Video of the process is also on the way. As with the blacksmith mini-seaxes, I chose to just make it a music video and play random tunes on my banjo. If I ever get any feedback from my videos, I'll get some idea of what people like in my YouTube channel.
Look for the video link tomorrow.
I know I haven't posted anything in months, but here's something, at least!
I made these two little blacksmith knives because I found a sketch in one of my old sketchbooks and realized that would be a fun little knife to bang out. Nothing profound, just a case of "why didn't I make this before?"
They are deliberately rustic and rough. But they are still comfortable and would fit the role of the non-folding pocket knife. I actually plan to make neck sheaths for them and have them hung like a necklace.
I also took a video of the whole process of forging them. Here are the highlights. I am trying something new, here. Instead of narrating my process, I decided to just play the banjo in the background.