“…from the darkness, bright creatures came.”
This knife was made as a tiny tactile object…designed to be handled and played with. With this in mind, the scales were made of heavily etched wrought iron. Wrought iron is underused as an aesthetic componant within knifemaking but it is one that works extremely well with Damascus steel – reflecting the blade’s patterns without detracting or overwhelming it. It has an easy, natural pattern that has more in common with grown materials than man-made ones.
I like the combination of silver and iron; it is one that I keep returning to in my work. The warmth of the silver and the cool of the iron and steel is very satisfying to me visually. This knife has silver liners and silver pins showing against the heavily etched wrought iron. The silver pins are set in hidden steel tubes so that the blade pivots on the steel.
The Damascus steel was made from 15n20 and 1084. It was made in 2011 with the help of Ed Schempp using his technique for making damascus as a loaf. This method allows for part of the material to be scaled down to suit a smaller project such as this.