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Here's a piece I've been working on for a couple of weeks.

The blade is an old file scavenged from our farm outside of Pictou, NS. The handle wood was taken from a tract of old, now forested farm land in Antigonish, NS. The copper was forged down from a large bus bar and peened with copper wire.... both also taken from the farm.

The particulars:

Blade: Forged, 5 1/2", 70+ yr old Nicholson bastard file. Hand rubbed 2000 grit finish on bevels, 1000 grit on flats. Peened copper maker's mark plate.

Handle: 4 1/4", Nova Scotia Red Maple burl with stainless steel pins. Tung oil and buffed paste wax finish. Hand-cut leather lanyard with burl and peened copper medallion.

Sheath: Hand stitched, Wickett & Craig 7 oz veg tanned leather with natural edges and buffed Mink Oil finish.

Thanks for lookin'. Please share your thoughts......... about the knife.







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I love that you left the file lines in the blade, it looks beautiful.
Some of the finest work I have seen is on the East Coast, particularly Nova Scotia.

Did you work at the Heritage sight in Pictou? They have a great old school smith setup.

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