I really enjoy building "Fur Trade" era knives. I believe the key to building an authentic period piece, is to keep it correct to the era, in as many details as possible. In order to help accomplish this, I do many hours of research into the piece to be reproduced. I also use a coal forge to produce a unique pattern in the steel. I call the resulting appearance, "fire-etched".
The "fire-etched" patterning in the steel is formed as a natural result of the inconsistant heat from a coal forge. I do not use any acids or chemicals in the development of my "Fire-etch" appearance. It is done as it would have been more than a century ago.
My knives are completely handmade at my shop. They are tempered to a 56-58 Rockwell C hardness and fitted with various hardware and handle materials. I usually have an assortment of pre-built knives on hand, and special orders are always welcome.
Below are some samples of my "Fire-etched" Fur Trade era knives.
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