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Whaling Hooks

We had the super odd but cool request for Japanese whaling hooks. The organization responsible for whale necropsy in the area needed whaling hooks to help with their job of performing post mortems on washed up whales. They however are and anti whaling organization so the Japanese would not sell to them and they would not purchase them from the Japanese whaleling industry for obvious reasons. So with the help of Barnstable Bat and the village blacksmith Mark Grenier we put together some hooks. So if you know anyone in the country in the same predicament and in need of whaling accessories let them know.

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Stacked Birch!

I love birch. It is the best wood. It is sooooo useful. Among its almost endless uses is in knife handles. Stacked birch is warm and beautiful and is probably my favorite technique for hidden handle tang knives. It is messy and we do not make many non full tang knives so I do not get much chance to make them. I ended up holding onto these sliver bolster and end cap sets which were a fairly expensive impulse buys early on in our knife making when we were making lots of Scandie style knives. Finally I decided to do something with them. Blade is damascus. handle is birch bark , malachite and faux ivory. Enjoy! There will be another in 1095 coming in the near future.

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Latest Rehab Project

A lot of European knife companies made the mistake of putting these awful laminate wood handles on knives in the 70s and 80’s. I see a lot of these. This is a nice 10 inch chef. I assume it is a Wusthof. They claim to have stopped using this material 30 years ago and offer no warranty on it. New knives use a laminate wood called Pakka wood, I assume they have come a long way in resin technology since then. This kind of damage is a reminder never put knives in the dishwasher.

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Old Knives Reimagined!

It is freezing in the shop but that does not mean we are not still working. Here are three old knives that needed new handles. A no name ancient carving blade a Sabatier and a Chinese cleaver. These all come from a very good customer of ours who loves to pick up old carbon steel knives and use them to cook with every day. We can not blame him the edges are sharp and the patinas are gorgeous. However the handles are often falling apart or just lackluster. We are able to give these old blades new look and a new lease on life. We hope they last another hundred years.

From left to right, Olive Wood, Bacote and Malachite and faux ivory and Water Buffalo Horn.