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Historical Knifemaking: keep it simple, do it the hard way
Traditionally crafted knives for folks who wish they could take things home from museums.

Island Blacksmith - Autumn 2016

In this issue: the Mountain Kotanto for the Tools for Satoyama project, and a case study with process videos. The collection of video resources on the Crossed Heart Forge channel is growing and there is a new series from the visit to Pierre at Soulsmithing, be sure to subscribe and stay tuned for more.

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Tools for Satoyama: Mountain Tanto

Mountain Kotanto

Presenting the final kotanto style for the Tools for Satoyama project.

The mountain style kotanto has a wider profile, a more deeply curved tip, and shorter drop point. The simple and humble mounting style is inspired by the age-old style of farming and foresting tools traditionally used in managing satoyama lands.

Purchase this mountain kotanto or custom design your own knife.

SOTW #14 - Making the Mountain Kotanto

SOTW Process Video

The latest Sounds of the Workshop episode covers the making of the Mountain Kotanto.

Those that wish to observe the process in more detail will find several Mountain Kotanto episodes in the TimeWarp series and serious students of the forge can watch the realtime progress video for each stage in the TLDW series.

Watch the video: SOTW #14 - Making the Mountain Kotanto

Process: Making the Mountain Kotanto
Explore the process of forging a blade from a reclaimed harrow tooth, carving a handle and scabbard, and finishing the mounting with natural urushi lacquer in the satoyama rustic style.

Case Study: Making the Mountain Kotanto

A long time in coming, this is a photographic and video documentation of the entire process of making a Tools for Satoyama style knife. Includes captioned photos, overview videos for each stage, and links to full process videos.

The finished blade is just under 5.75″ long and the overall length is about 10.25″. The spine at the munemachi is about 5mm thick. 

Materials: reclaimed harrow tooth steel, copper electrical washer, Nootka Cypress, Maple, cotton cord, natural urushi lacquer, tea leaves, Bamboo.

See the process: Making the Mountain Kotanto

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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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