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I've always had a "older" soul.  Seemed born for another time.  So when I got into knifemaking I naturally gravitated towards an older style.  Natural materials like wood and antler just spoke my language.  Over the years I saw the trend for the "bushcraft knife", a utilitarian blade that usually came with a ferro rod to start the camp fire.

One day I had a bright idea, do a Bushcraft knife but one that looked like it was from 1800 rather than a modern kitchen drawer.  

The first one here was made from a 1960's vintage K&F mill file.  At the time of manufacture these files (formerly known as Kearney & Foot) was a regional brand of Nicholson and used the same alloy as their other brands.  This steel has around 1.3% carbon.  The sheath holds a fire steel, a common piece of kit for anyone traveling as far back as Roman times.  This fire steel was forged from a Simmonds mill file.  The sheath also carries a pouch that holds the flint.  

Since the sheath has a double hold down the knife can be carried upside down on the back, at the side or across the front depending on the need.

I also had a wild hair to do one in Damascus.  You'll notice the thicker, dark line in the Damascus.  That was an old Nicholson file I added to the billet of 1984 and 15n20.  

The fire steel was forged from a Damascus Billet.

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That's definitely a work of art, James.  Very cool.

Thank you!

J.J. Smith III said:

That's definitely a work of art, James.  Very cool.

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