Heirloom Integral EDC Sold Out
This is a really special little blade that I made as a demonstration to my patron how I forge an integral by hand and finish it out with a hamon. The hamon is that beautiful contrasty line you see in the blade. The Japanese would use this technique to create a more durable sword for battle. They would put clay on the spine when hardening the blade that kept the spine from hardening, just the edge. The result is a beautiful distinction between the soft and hard steel that is revealed through careful etching and polishing. I love how this finish turned out. You can also see it over the whole spine. The handle is actually a first for me. It is the first time I have ever made one of these curved transition handles an heirloom fit with screws. The scales are made from African Blackwood that has been made to look worn and weather beaten. The screws allow for this handle to be taken off over the years to be cleaned and refinished if needed. I will be making a leather sheath for this one that will be a vertical belt carry sheath.
Cutting Edge: 3 1/8”
Overall: 7 1/4”
Steel: W1 tool steel with a hamon finish
Handle material: African Blackwood