Number One - Cloud Fortress
The oak in the handle of this santoku was from an ancient tree that grew in close to Castell Dolbadarn in Llanberis, North Wales. In 2005 there was a huge storm and this great oak fell and was carefully salvaged by my friend Merlin who kindly gave me a piece when we visited this year. Check out his work @woodstonemetal
Number Two -Grandfather Time
This was quite complicated to make and had 18 separate parts in the handle plus the brass timing cogs from an ancient grandfather clock. It served its purpose for many years keeping time and now has a new life creating memorable meal times.
Before I was a professional knife maker I used to teach survival skills. Making fire in difficult conditions can be a real challenge and the bow drill method certainly takes some practice especially when it’s damp! This knife was inspired by the pattern of the bow drill and hopefully it’s being put to some good use kindling the fires of inspiration.
Number Four -Hero
This one was probably my most popular knife of this year and certainly was the most difficult and took the longest to make! It started as a single piece of copper that I split and then forged into a double helix like DNA. You can read more about the inspiration and making of this one in my blog post from March 2018.
Number five -Neptunes AXe
All my knives are hand forged but on this one I decided to forge it with a specially profiled old fireman’s axe so the forge marks are really unique. The handle is sculptured olive which fits perfectly in the hand with a blue resin infill along the live edge.
Bonus two as i couldn’t leave them out!
For this knife I chose a really beautifully grained piece of olive wood and I decided to leave the live edge on because it was a great example of how nature provides shapes we couldn’t design. The mosaic pin has layers of copper, brass and nickel silver.
This one was one of the most complicated parer’s I’ve made. When I brought it home my little boy said ‘Dad it looks like a dinosaur’ and hence it got its name. The velociraptor was a fierce predator but only the size of a goose.
Thanks to all my customers and supporters this year, wishing you all the best for 2019!
More knives will be going up for sale in my online shop on Sunday 27 January 2019 at 8pm.