Absolute Perfection.

An amazing gift, from Marcus & Kestrel, who collaborated on this little slice of perfection. It wouldn’t be perfection to some one else, but it is to me – absolutely gorgeous, fantastically sharp, my favourite colours in that magnificent braiding, giving a wonderful grip, and the beauty of the blade. Fits my hand perfectly, and is properly sharp and lethal. Honestly, I was speechless when I opened this up, and I still just babble about it. I will cherish this, always. I couldn’t possibly come up with enough of a thank you to you both for your work, especially such finely done and thoughtful work. Thank you, thank you, thank you.  She definitely needs to be named, but I have to spend more time with her to find what’s right.

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  1. says

    The name that sprung to my mind almost instantly is “black wasp”. It is very pointy and you speak about it in feminine and “wasp” is feminine in Czech language and that has given me that association.
    Have fun with it. I can imagine such a pointy blade being useful for art (I have several sharp instruments with this blade geometry in my workshop).

  2. rq says

    It’s beautiful! I concur with Charly, ‘black wasp’ is a good name (wasp in Latvian = lapsene, association with fox, which is lapsa). I’d name it Ronja, but then, I just love that name due to childhood associations with harpies and badassery. (The dog doesn’t really fit that bill, but that’s just because she ended up more adorable than badass and we wasn’t to know that, was we?)

  3. says

    @rq, could it be you are talking about Ronja Rövardotter? I have not read the book, but I have watched the movie as a child and it was really memorable.

  4. rq says

    The one and only. She was my childhood hero. Haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve read the book several times. Memorable, indeed -- very vivid scenes, like the harpies and the waterfall, and getting lost in the mist.

  5. says

    Anything but “knifey mcknifeface” …

    I hope you can get Kestrel to send you some build pictures of the braiding. I have no idea how her process works but it sounds fascinating!

  6. says

    (and I feel I should mention: that’s not a chip in the blade, it’s a transition-line between the edge steel, which is 1095, and the facing steel, which is cable damascus. it’s not a mistake -- I’d never release a defective knife -- it’s a “feature”)

  7. jrkrideau says

    What is its intended use? I cannot remember ever seeing a knife quite like it.
    Kudos to Marcus and Kestrel.

  8. voyager says

    Both the knife and the braiding are beautiful. What a marvellous gift.
    I also like the name ‘black wasp,’ but the black and red make me think more spider… like maybe ‘black widow’ or the shorter ‘Sting.’ (OK, that last one might be too Tolkienish)

  9. says

    What is its intended use? I cannot remember ever seeing a knife quite like it.

    It’s for slicing the heads off dandelions or repelling pirate cockroaches, sharpening pencils, pithing cops, opening boxes, spreading very small amounts of jam, or cleaning under one’s nails. It can also remove stones from a tiger’s paw -- allegedly. No actual results guaranteed.

  10. rq says

    Oh, is that all? I thought maybe roadside microsurgery, too. ;) Cutting the letters out of the newspaper for your sekrit messij.

  11. says

    @ 9:

    What is its intended use?

    Perhaps the best use might be placing a new hole in people who are assholes. I fail to see how it’s any of your business.

  12. says

    Wonderful name suggestions! I quite like Black Wasp, and Voyager’s observation made me curious, and it turns out that there are a few wasps out there sporting black and red. So, in a convoluted way, I came to Evangeline, as Evangeline Lilly plays the Wasp in the Ant Man movies, and her costume is black with red accents, sooooooo, Evangeline is the knife’s name now. :D

  13. jrkrideau says

    @ 18 Caine
    Sorry, but I used to be a cook. Knives are our normal tools and I was wondering if it was crafted for a specific purpose.

    My uncle had custom-made knives for scrapping beaver skins.

  14. jimb says

    That’s awesome! What a great gift. The braiding definitely looks like it would be an excellent grip.

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