Monday, 28 March 2011

Swedish Fast Knife

After watching Fredde's cool video a couple of years ago, I finally got round to getting one made.

Most of it was done in the woods, but I wanted to peen over the tang end so it went though all the handle, so I used the Hammer at home. I also needed more bark as the only stuff I could get in this wood was old and semi decayed, so used some that I had previously gathered from a different woodland after some thinning work.

All the birch wood gathered and carved out for the tang and blade edge, and some of the birch bark.
The blade is a Lauri carbon 95 from Brisa in Finland.

Mines a bit rustic but I like that. It seems very strong and I love bark sheaths more every time I make one. This sheath was harder than the Elm one I made as its difficult to get long pieces of birch bark with out holes in them or splitting badly. So this one was several pieces with the linen thread to help secure and make the perfect fit around the handle. It was the sheath I probably put more thought into, but once I started it only took about 20 minutes after making the wooden liner.

Tricky to get the fit right on the bolster area due to the shape of the blade, but it's good and strong.

Peened tang

I'm real chuffed I pulled it off, and I'm getting more into rustic knives and sheaths now :)
 They seem more honest and traditional somehow, and much easier to make.



Monday, 21 March 2011

A trip out in March

Had a few hrs off today so headed up to a favourite spot to practice some skills and chill out by the fire.

Main tasks were Fire by friction, birch tree tap, cooking and making a knife in the woods.

I gathered a tinder ball on the walk in using soft native grasses and bracken mixed with birch leaves, and stored it in my trouser pocket to dry out for a while. Gathered all the kindling and fuel, then set to with the bow.
Ive bought a set along (cheating I know!) that I wanted to try out. I made a collapsible bow using two pieces of hazel and a copper tube section, a bearing block with a limpet shell set in, and lime for the spindle and hearth.

Looks like a coal smoking there, with the fine weather and a dry set, it was as easy as using a match. I Used the third hole along as the other two were messing around the other day using different spindles.

Brew time!

Then snap time, sausage and tomato kebabs and coriander and cumin bannock made on my newly carved bread board.

Omm nom nom

Then to try out my new collapsible mini birch tap set

Managed to get a seasonal drinky while there today

Off to find the handle and sheath wood for my "Swedish fast knife"
This looks suitable.

All the coring out finished ready for glueing, adding the whipping knots,and making the bark sheath top. 
The wood was damp all the way though although dead and it was time to go home, so I'm drying out first so that the glue will work better, then I'll nip back to the woods to finish off.

Hope you liked the post, Cheers,

Addo :)

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Simple Forged bushcraft knife - Part Three

Just Finished the Scandi sheath for this knife now. I'm glad I went with it as I've only made one like this before but it didn't have the wood liner for the blade inside. These help to stop the blade cutting the thinner, closely fitted leather. The stitching runs down the middle of the rear to make a clean front, often used for decorations, but I quite like the simple look. The belt loop is held into the sheath by friction, cutting the six holes and feeding in the forked tongue shaped section of the loop in, and flattening the sections together while wet.

I carved out a a section of Ash to fit the blade, then fitted a cover of Birch as I was running low on seasoned Ash, and shaped it it to fit inside the sheath.

All ready to start stitching

All done!

My favourite project so far, and a nice one to end on before the break. I've another knife that I've been working on at the same time for a customer which is finished too. I'll post up later on. Hope you enjoyed the 3 parts :)


Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Simple Forged bushcraft knife - Part Two.

I finally had some time to finish the handle and take some pictures. I thought for ages about shape, spacer types, layout, fancy curves and the like, and to be honest I find the most comfy shape and appealing design is the barrel shape, with no guards to get in the way, a nice piece of local birch burr, and some pewter just for a little lift.
I was going to copy the Mora 510, then others I've seen but I couldn't see the point as.. well, its copying and they arn't as comfy! Because its for me, as long as the wood looks nice and I enjoy using it I'm a happy chap :)

Salvaged parts, Pewter Tankard for the bolster (always made my ale taste bad and it was free anyhow)

Bolster sandwich made with fibre liner in the middle for a change, the wood and blade ready for the fit.

Starting to shape

Rasp, knife and abrasive paper with Grape seed oil and Natural Wax to finish.

Hope its been of interest showing some of the processes of a basic knife build. Its funny, but after making all the others I think this ones my favourite. Maybe simple things suit simple minds ! 

I reckon I can finally call this one MY knife and thank all the inspiration from other makers out there, and especially Julius Pettersson, featured in the Sweden episode of Ray Mears TV series of "Bushcraft"

I'll start the sheath soon, probably an all leather one with a handmade wooden liner, and a friction fit leather belt loop...we'll see. 

Thanks for looking,

Cheers, Addo :)

Monday, 7 March 2011

Simple Forged bushcraft knife - Part one

This is my latest and probably last project for a while, I've a Son due in May so there's loads to do at home.
Had a play in the forge again with stick tangs using car spring coils and I really like the dimensions and shape on this one. This will be my standard shape to reproduce when I'm back at it again.
The shape begged a simple handle shape and design, so going with the recycling scheme I went with cutting up an old pewter tankard for the bolster and future spacers. A section of fibre liner and a cracking peice of Birch Burr from the woods.

Lighting the forge

Cut out section of Spring steel.

In it goes

Straightening the piece

Flattening to thickness 3.5 mm

Forming the Tang

Cutting to length and starting to shape the tip.

A tickle with the files, a heat treat and clean up.

Hope you like, Handle in Part two. 

Cheers, Addo :)