Here are a couple interesting #birudashi just off the bench: one new prototype Birucandashi in AEB-L, and one hand-forged “traditional” Mini-birudashi from a small slice of an E/V Nautilus rudder bearing. The Birucandashi is fully tapered for lifting can pop-tabs like a bartender’s tool, and can open bottles with the lighter/lever technique. Why not simply taper the traditional cap-lifter? Because it would shred your pocket and be an injury risk! Looks like i have some “testing” ahead of me. 😃
Consigned several pieces with URE Outfitters in Hope Valley. Call them for availability.
The knife you pick when you can’t decide between an axe and a blade. 7″ of 0.200″ 1084, hickory axe handle handle, micarta bolster. Belt finished. It’s working title was “American Leuku”:
First intentional deba, to be tested by David on tuna and other mid-sized ocean fish. Feedback and revisions as necessary.
185mm/7″ of 4mm/0.156″ thick 1084, katalox and G10. 284g/10oz total weight, this thing is a beast.
Target edge hardness is 61.5Rc.
Thanks to GSOM@BFC for introducing me to the katalox.
I really dig making these rough-finish working knives in addition to the hand-sanded stuff.
Vintage Wusthof Rescue:
Re-ground the accordioned tip (shortened, gave it some belly), and replaced the brass-riveted rotted wood scales with slightly thicker white oak and stainless pins, bedded with marine epoxy. It feels WAY better in the hand with a little more girth and heft in the handle.