You can still donate, the damage Richard Carrier has done with his petulance is not undone yet. I cannot afford to donate any meaningful cash right now since I have no income. But I can afford to donate a bit of time. So I am giving this knife in exchange for the highest donation. Details see further.
Technically it is a hunting & fishing knife since my first customer specifically requested it for angling, but you need not be a hunter for having a use for it. I am regularly using a knife like this when collecting mushrooms or just walking in the forest when it might come handy. It would also be useful as an all-purpose knife for camping. The false edge is sharp, but not cutting sharp. The blade is signed and numbered “2” in Glagolitic script.
I made a simple leather scabbard, this time symmetrical so the knife can be conveniently fastened on either left or right side since the preference of its future owner is unknown.
The handguard/bolster has a few dark spots. These are inclusions in the used material (see further).
The endcap is fastened over an ornate stainless steel washer into which is the end of the tang peened.
If you are interested, write your bid in comments or per e-mail to affinity (note, I might not be able to post your e-mailed bids in the comments next two days, there is a huge storm coming our way and I might experience blackout).
If you bid from outside of the European Single Market, please make sure that you are allowed to import such things and be prepared to pay for any import/customs fees, duties or other taxes as may be relevant in your region/country/state. I will pay for the postage.
The knife will be sent to you after submitting proof of the promised donation. If the highest bidder reneges on their promise, it will go to the next one in line. The start is 10$ (the cost of materials), the sky is the limit.
The auction will run for two weeks until February 23. 2019 and this post will be pinned to the top of the page until then.
More info below the fold.
The blade is the second of the pair that I made for my first commission. It is circa 11 cm long and circa 2,5 mm thick. N690 steel, hardness approximately 57 HRC.
As is usual for me, I have tried some recycling of old materials.
The handguard and endcap are made from two materials. First was this old bone that hung in our garden to be cleaned by insects and birds for so long it started to grow lichen on it and it cracked on one side. Nevertheless, it was still strong and sturdy when I ground the plates out of it.
Second I have used metal plates cut and ground from very old keyhole cover (well over 60 years). I have no idea what kind of metal it is. Initially, I thought it is ordinary brass, but it is not. It is evidently some sort of copper alloy, hence the green patina, but when polished it does not have the typical yellow color, it is sort of greenish-silver looking. Maybe some kind of alluminium bronze. It looks interesting, but unfortunately, it does have some inclusions and/or voids inside it. Those are proof of its age, I guess.
The handle is from jatoba, technically from repurposed firewood. It is polished and treated with commercial teak oil, which can be removed with acetone and re-applied if the need arises at some time in the future. Jatoba wood is extremely hard and scratch-resistant, so some sort of hard-coating or stabilizing of the handle was not necessary. The handle is ergonomically shaped but not specifically fitted for any particular hand size, it should fit in most people’s hands just fine.
And final information – the whole thing is visibly handmade. When looking up close you will find that the blade and handle are not entirely symmetrical, some stitches are a bit off on the backside of the sheath, etc. I do not know how much someone else can notice these little things, but I see them definitively.