Monday, September 03, 2007

Birthday Steel





The two knives I got for my birthday:

From Bobbe: The Sumatran blade is just under ten inches long. You can see the pattern-welding layers, not pamor, but more like traditional watered-steel. Most comfortable in-hand. It looks like a traditional sewar ("sewah") and in my awe at getting it, I missed what Bobbe called it. He'll fill me in on that.

Horn handle, carved like a bud within petals. Sheath is carved, and fitted together so well it is hard to find the seam.

From Dal: The Henry folder. It has carbon-fiber scales and Henry's own Damascus pattern in the steel. A perfect dress knife, comes with a leather case that clips onto a belt or pocket, and a leather thong by which you can slip it out of the case. Also a DVD that details the knifemaking process, which is a combination of CNC and handwork -- each blade is hand-sharpened and assembled, ground and polished by craftsmen, and each is numbered. Very classy-looking, blade only three inches long.

Both blades have a thin coat of sandalwood oil on them, which slightly obscures some detail.

Are these cool, or what?

10 comments:

ksmaguro said...

VERY cool!
Gotta love friends that give you pointy things as gifts.
My wife (then girlfriend) gave me a barong as a gift for my birthday one year. I chose well!
Jay

Steve Perry said...

Okay, so I'm not totally senile, it IS a sewar ...

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Todd gave me a pair of machetes for Valentine's Day the first year we were together. How could I resist?

Bobbe Edmonds said...

Caren always gets me SOCKS...Dammit all anyway...

Dan Gambiera said...

Sweet.

Tiel: I couldn't afford a pair of Randalls.

Bobbe: Maybe she's trying to tell you something. You could try wearing socks for a change...

Steve Perry said...

Well, between socks and violins, socks is better.

Stephen Renico said...

Damn,

That is one elegant knife. Gives me ideas for a future knifemaking project...

Steve Perry said...

Stephen --

Keep us in the loop when you do new blades, links, pictures, like that.

Can't have too many pointy-thing makers around ...

Stephen Renico said...

Steve,

I just finished my interpretation of a badik:

http://thepanday.blogspot.com/2007/09/badik-badik-is-kind-of-small-dagger.html

Steve Perry said...

Nice work, Stephen.

The link was busted when I tried it, this will get you there:

http://thepanday.blogspot.com/