Project Badgermascus – Part 12 – The Final Badgering

The knife is finished, although not sharpened, and here are the final pictures. I am going to make more knives of this design because I think it is a good knife for forest walks, especially mushroom hunts. And I am naming the design “Badger”.

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The overall length in the sheath is 205 mm. The sheath is from vegetable-tanned leather, carved (badger paw print, frame edge), stamped (leather weave, edge trimmings) and dyed, thoroughly infused with beeswax, oiled with olive oil on the inside and buffed with dubbin outside.

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The sheath has a metal belt clip. This allows the knife to be worn not only on the belt but also clipped onto/into the pocket or boot. The pommel sticks out of the sheath far enough for a comfortable grip with index finger and thumb when pulling the knife out. The knife clicks into the hardened leather firmly enough to not fall out of it with its own weight, but can still be pulled out comfortably.

Stitching is made with a two-needle saddle stitch with artificial sinew. The end knots are melted together and hidden.

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Brass fittings have a black patina with clear brass badger paw-prints over the pins. Scales are from naturally aged cow bone, slightly larger than the tang and wider than the brass fittings. The right scale is adorned with scrimshaw engraving of a badger head – this is a new skill that I had to learn but kept secret since I had no guarantee it will work out. I think it did work out OK. I may add a bit more pigment once this hardens, but maybe not, I like it the way it is. The badger is colored black with coal dust, the patterns, and the frame, with ochre (rust).

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Handle length 100 mm, drop-point style blade 87 mm length, 3 mm thick at the ricasso. Point of balance just behind the first two pins in the handle scales, also between the index finger and middle finger. It feels a bit handle-heavy but nimble. The steel has dark-grey patina from an oak bark extract.

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The left side of the handle is unadorned except a few scratch grids around the pins. The left side of the blade has significantly different steel pattern due to how the san-mai was hammered at the Badger Forge.

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Back of the tang has a row-of-crumpled-leaves fileworks, the belly has a simple triangle pattern.

Overall, I am satisfied with my work here. There are things that I am critical of, there are things that I definitively might have done better – it is not a masterpiece yet, but I think I am getting there. I have learned a lot again and many of the things that took me several days this time should be just a day or even less the next time (the leatherwork for example).


  1. says

    Charly, it’s amazing
    You thought of every single detail and even turned your “mistake” with the pins into a design feature. You shouldn’t name the model badger (although you can still probably do that), but the knife itself is Badger, because such a fine knife deserves a name.

  2. kestrel says

    This is a true work of art -- and very beautiful art at that! I love your scrimshaw, you did a great job on that. The whole thing goes together well and I love how no matter where you look, you are in for a surprise. The file work on the edges of the tang, for example -- just beautiful touches.

    I’m glad to hear you’ll be making more as the design does seem to be a very nice one. I love the shape and I bet it *is* a good knife for mushroom hunting.

  3. says

    Badger badger badger!

    The lamination line on the edge looks great. I have a good idea how much work you put into that knife -- congratulations!

  4. Jazzlet says

    Charly the knife and sheath are both beautiful with such lovely detailing, truly wonderful.

  5. Badland says

    That is just lovely. The colours and attention to detail are amazing, from metalwork to leatherwork to (all the other) artwork. I’d be so proud of myself if I had made it

  6. dakotagreasemonkey says

    You did a wonderful job on that knife! It turned out looking incredibly beautiful.

  7. says

    Thank you all for the nice comments, I am glad you like it. I have started four blades in this design from stainless steel, we shall see how that turns out.

  8. Ice Swimmer says

    It is a beautiful knife. It has a “new old stock” look, not worn but with a fine patina, as if it had been left on a shelf for a few decades.

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