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2011-2020 Portfolio Book: A Decade in Review

Island Blacksmith - Winter 2021

Since the recent announcement of a pause in operations while we plan the next step, we have been overwhelmed with support and encouragement from many people. Thank you to all who have taken the time to write an encouraging note, provide a home for some of the remaining materials and knives, or order a copy of the commemorative portfolio book project.

As we think, plan, and prepare, one of the main goals now is to provide good homes for some of these remaining items, many of which will not be available again for some time.

For collectors:
The last three tanto (there will not be any more for the foreseeable future).

For adventurers:
The last prototype kominka style knife of the satoyama project.

For knifemakers and collectors:
Antique fittings, blades, and sword restoration materials from the shiageba.

For the collector, enthusiast, and craftsman alike:
2011-2020: A Decade in Review portfolio book.

Again, I have not given up on blacksmithing by any means, but circumstances are very much up in the air while we make decisions on relocating to a place where knife making and restoration can continue in some form.

Thank you to the many who have provided encouragement, support, and help along the way—we look forward to the next season with trust and anticipation, and hope to have some next steps to share before too long.

Tools for Satoyama: Kominka Field Kotanto

Kominka Field Kotanto

The core of the satoyama project is a charcoal-forged blade, water quenched with clay and sharpened with waterstones, an outdoor knife that has the foundation of the Japanese sword but is finished in the simple and humble style of farming and foresting tools of centuries ago. 

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Museum Forge: Simple Bladesmithing Anvil

Simple Swordsmith Anvil

Traditional Japanese anvils are simple in form and can be made from readily available materials. Information on measurements and a photographic overview of the process of removing and replacing the swordsmith’s anvil at the museum forge on Vancouver Island.

See the process

Over 200 photos, more than 30 knives, hardcover, A4 landscape, full colour, 92 pages.

Portfolio Book Project: A Decade in Review

This newly released documentary book project is the result of many weeks of editing and design work and can be enjoyed by the collector, enthusiast, and craftsman alike. It contains over 200 photos and highlights more than 30 knives spanning the past decade of work at Crossed Heart Forge since relocating from Japan in 2011. Hardcover, A4 landscape coffee table size, full colour, 92 pages.

Includes photos of forges and workspaces, a tanto section with full spreads and specifications for ten featured works along with photos of several others, a section on outdoor knives and the Tools for Satoyama project, an almost 60-photo visual process overview, a selection of forging photos taken by photographer Jordan Wende, overview articles on charcoal making and yaki-ire, and a basic tanto glossary and list of sword parts.

Thank you to all those who have supported the book project already, after the cost of printing a percentage will go to support launching the next season of work at the forge.

The printer is offering 10% off until 1/8/2021 with code: AUTHOR10.

Read more about the portfolio book or order here

In the shadow of Mt. Arrowsmith,
deep in a forest clearing,
away from the things of man,
there is a place where blades are born
of earth, and air, and fire, and water.

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