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About Chris Cadman

Willslock Forge is a small bladesmithing forge based in Staffordshire, England. I focus on making traditional, durable and beautiful tools using primarily locally sourced and upcyled materials. My main focus is currently on UK legal, hand-forged folding knives. Given the deep history of the local area, I try to incorporate Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Celtic designs into my work. Many of my knives are inspired by or based on archaeological finds from around the British Isles and across Europe.

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  • Hand-forged historical knives and tools
  • Bespoke handmade UK legal folding knives
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East Staffordshire
ST14 8RJ

Viking sheath knife with a pattern welded bloom steel & wrought iron blade and a Yew burr handle.

This knife is a historically accurate Viking knife, based on archaelogical finds from sites around the British Isles and Scandinavia. The blade has been forged from three bars of iron & steel, fire welded together. The cutting edge is forged from 1095 steel, the core is very old historical shear steel/bloom steel, reclaimed from steel window bars from a Tudor building constructed in 1640 and the spine is antique wrought iron.

In accordance with historical examples of Viking age knives the blade has a flat grind with a slightly convexed edge that has been sharpened using traditional natural stones. As ith many of the finds from Novgorod, the blade has a slightly upswept tip.

The blade has been heavily etched to reveal the longitudinal striations of the different layers from the original forging/folding process in the bloom steel and the three seperate bands of steel/iron. It has a traditional hidden tang construction, with the tang burnt into the wood for a friction fit. No modern epoxies or glues have been used. The handle has been hand-carved from a piece of Yew Burr and has a slightly egg-shaped cross-section, as was common for Viking age knives.