The Hand-forged Knife Blade is a great piece of kit to have if you’re one to get hands-on with your bushcraft gear.
Made using traditional forging techniques by esteemed Swedish blacksmith Julius Pettersson (as seen in the ‘Sweden’ episode of Bushcraft Survival Series 2), each carbon steel blade comes ready to be fitted with your own handle, allowing you to be creative and finish off your very own custom tool.
Rupert Farnsworth, a customer of ours who purchased one of these blades back in 2009, kindly sent in some photos of the blade that his son Max had worked on, producing a fantastic-looking finished knife:
To make his knife handle, Max used the following materials (from left to right on the below picture): brass hilt from scrap, red deer antler, leather, ivory, leather, box wood, leather, box wood, buffalo horn.
If you’ve had a go at making your own handle for one of these blades, please send us a photo; we’d love to see all the different variations on design and the materials that you’ve used, and you may find yourself on the receiving end of a £10.00 Woodlore Voucher if your picture ends up on our blog.