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Our Finnish knife goes to the Arctic! (Well Maybe)


So we are at the Live Love Local fest and a lady comes up and asks, ” Do you make machetes?    We said, “Not yet.”  She told us that her husband collects machetes from around the world.   We thought that was a cool and unusual hobby.  We did show her the Leku we had made.  This we told her is the closest thing to a machete we have.  It is the Laplander equivalent that they use for heavy brush work and butchering. (In testing the blade Tom hacked through 2x4s and nails!)  She then let us know that her husband was in charge of US arctic affairs and is located in Europe working with many Finns.  She thought it would be a cool to send him a Finnish knife made on Cape Cod. Well, he got the knife!  He liked it! He is in Germany and is going to show it to his Finnish friends to see what they think.  We are anxious to hear.   Who knows, maybe it will go to the Arctic with him and chop up a reindeer or some Birch for a fire!  Cape Cod Cutlery truly  international now.  Thanks for the great story.  The Leku on the right, is pictured with a knife made by the owners grandfather!  What a great patina on the old carbon steel blade.  Part of why we love carbon steel.


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Cape Cod Cleaver?

We had two requests for cleavers recently in the style  old European butcher cleavers. This heavy duty chopper has a bit of a refined quality to it as well, it is not just a one trick pony. The handle is cherry burl from Dad’s farm in Mississippi.   The photos do not do the wood justice.

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Great day with friends at the forge!

So we went to our friend Fergus’s house to day to mess about with some pattern welding and railroad spike knives.  There we were joined by Fergus’s son Ulf and Rich and Dave.  We managed to get some steel to forge weld and made three railroad spike knives.  We have some more work to do on it but will hopefully be able to show you a knife made shortly out of the pattern welded steel.  A great day was had by all!

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Had a great day today!

A new friend Marwin came over today to learn a bit about blacksmithing and knife making. We made a nail and a hook and a chef knife out of a lawn mower blade.  It is my first time forging a knife from a lawn mower blade.  .  My dad sent me six of them about a year ago and I thought it would be a good lesson in blacksmithing.   It is kind of cool .  I did not set out with any shape of type of knife in mind.  The process was very organic.  A shape just started to take place and I went with it. In the end it resembles a chef knife …sort of.    I will post pics when it is finished.   It was a learning experience for us both.

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Filet Knives for Christmas!


We had three special orders for filet knives for Christmas.  We finished them today.  We have a few more knives to finish in time for Christmas. We are still taking orders but they will probably not be done for Christmas.    Thanks to everyone that placed an order with us I hope that they are well received and give many years of service.  Remember to read and pass on the care and feeding of this knife to the recipient.  Care and Feeding.

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New Forge!!!!!!


We did not want this winter to be like the last several.  Where the weather gets bad and we are done making knives for three months.  Now regardless of the weather we can be doing what we love.  This is a propane forge.  I have never worked with anything but coal for the past 10 years and I have to say I am really impressed.  I wish I had picked one of these up years ago.  It was easy to set up, (some assembly required) but once hooked up to a tank it took right off and we heat treated four blades in it very quickly.   It will help us through the winter months to get ready for hopefully a busy summer.  We look forward to working with our friends on pattern welded steel  aka “damascus steel” over these cold dark months.