About Chris Cadman
- Hand-forged historical knives and tools
- Bespoke handmade UK legal folding knives
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.