Khukri handled!!

Well there you go Teak handle installed and ready for work. I burned the tang into the handle and getting the metal cap to fit right was a bit of a pain. It is a thick tang and thin handle so it was a close fit.   Sharpened and buffed a good bit of the serious rust off the blade. It still has that great patina but still much cleaner.  Can’t wait to reunite it with it’s owner on Sunday at Harwich Cranberry Festival!!!

Khukri!!!! The Latest Project!

In this line of work you meet the most fascinating people with the most fascinating stories.  Today in Brewster at the Historical Society Farmer’s Market we were sharpening knives, minding our business, like we do.  Up walks an English gent with a basket full of knives with this beauty among them.  He tells us that over 20 years ago he lived in Nepal for 20 years. He watched a blacksmith forge this out of a truck leaf spring. It has been his constant companion ever since. It was in need of sharpening and the handle was split in two and held together with duct tape that looked like it had been holding it together for 10 plus years.

This knife is fascinating.  I have a bit of a thing for Khukris and this is only the second one I have seen with a traditional partial tang. Most of the military and tourist trade Khukris you see are full tang and many of them are not hand forged by real craftsmen. The balance and taper of the blade is nice. The fuller line was not made with a fullering tool but created by hammering the sides of the top edge down and over so that there is a cool bevel to the spine.  The entire blade is actually very shallowly fullered to lighten up the blade and push more metal toward the blade edge and spine.  It is a brilliant piece of work. A copper bolster was made to support the handle which fits tightly down inside the copper. I am going to probably replace the handle with a piece of Teak. This wood I think will be up to the job. Often I see them handled with a dark wood resembling walnut. The original wood was more maple in color. I think the Teak will be a nice in between compromise and a wood from Southeast Asia that gives it a bit of regional plausibility.

 

 

 

Neat happenings.

Tom forged his first integral bolster in a knife today from a Land Rover coil spring. 20170906_215656_Burst01 It turned out awesome especially for his first effort.  We have been forging lots of knives out of coil springs and mower blades and files this week because we can. Come check out our recycled knives this week. We will be at Brewster’s Farmer’s Market on Sunday sharpening and selling knives. Tuesday at Chatham Farmer’s Market, then next weekend we will be at the big time Harwich Cranberry Fest.   It is going to be fun for the whole family.  Something like 140 merchants and games and all kinds of food trucks!!  At least that is what I have heard it is our first time doing it and we hear is is pretty great.

Selling in the Rain!!

Tomorrow our sharpening gig at the Brewster Farmer’s Market has been canceled due to foul weather.  We will however, be at our second day of the Bass River Arts and Craft show at John Simpkins field in South Yarmouth.  Rain or shine come on down and check out our amazing new Damascus Chef knives.