An archaeology inspired smooth or hammered finish rustic knife, hand forged by
me, a blacksmith and archaeologist in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
****This listing is for a knife yet to be made similar to the unique knives in
the photos above. If you would like a specific point type i.e. clip, drop,
sheepfoot, spear point etc. just send a note with payment!
****Sizing: Small=10-15cm overall; Medium=15-20cm overall; and Large=20-25cm
overall. "Overall" means end of handle to tip.
****You may now choose between four different types of metal: 1. mild steel,
2. high carbon steel (good for edge retention and overall durability) 3. 'any
old iron' and 4. tool steel (best for durability and edge hardness). The 'any
old iron' option is of an unknown grade of steel from a salvage/scrap yard and
has the most character; everything from files and chisels to leaf springs,
agricultural implements, and structural steel are used!
Beeswax and neatsfoot oil are used to protect the knife from surface
corrosion. If these are unavailable, olive oil may be substituted in the future
The design for the handle of the knife combines elements from a knife in the
Iron Age and Roman midden at Cold Kitchen Hill in Hampshire and the Iron Age
votive deposition at Garton Slack in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The knife
blade design combines Roman and Norse Viking elements from finds throughout
Scotland and England.
The overall design is meant to be utilitarian but works very well for
bushcraft, such as whittling and carving.
A hammered texture applied to blade is not only for aesthetic rustic appeal
but also to work harden the knife or more specifically to form Neumann banding
in the microstructures of the steel to increase overall rigidity. My rustic
smooth knives are also hammered to form Neumann banding but in a different
manner to achieve a mostly uniform flat surface.
All knives are oil quenched and gas tempered to further increase hardness and
By purchasing this item you confirm that you are of legal age to own a knife
and that you will use it responsibly.