An Ax To Grind

I like sharp things. Axes, knives, swords (high quality and *not* the cheap knock offs that seem to be everywhere) it doesn’t really matter. Since getting back into blacksmithing I look at them all very differently. How’re they made, what kind of steel is used, is it all high carbon steel or was the bit welded in? I’ve also recently had the urge to create things from leather, steel, copper etc. So I ordered a Cold Steel Tomahawk¬†from Amazon so I could play around with some ideas I had. Lots of pics after the jump.

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The Smell Of The Leather

I’ve always enjoyed the satisfaction I get from making things be it metal, leather, whatever. I picked up a new knife a couple of weeks ago and it didn’t come with a sheath which I thought was a bit odd. But the more I thought about it the happier I was. The trend now is to use Kydex for *everything*. Knife sheaths, gun holsters, flashlight holsters and some folks love it. I’m not a fan though.

So I brushed off some old high school leatherworking skills and made my own little fold over sheath for it.

I wet formed it around the blade and once the leather dried it created a friction retention which is exactly what I hoped would happen. It did dry a bit harder than I’d hoped so it kind of has that hard plastic feel. I used an antique liquid stain for the base coat and then went back over it with some gel stain to bring out the natural lines in the leather as well as brush a few more dark lines on it. Overall I’m pretty doggone happy with the way it turned out. Since this is my box opening knife for work I’m working on another sheath that will also hold my multi-tool. I have a few more blades that need new sheaths as well ūüėÄ

Some New Music

Came across some really cool music about a week ago. The group is called Wardruna¬†and they’re a¬†Norwegian music group founded by Einar Kvitrafn Selvik¬† and their song lyrics are in Old Norse. They also make most of the traditional instruments they play and use various natural sounds like fire, water, thunder, etc. ¬†Some of my favorites so far.

 

 

They have 2 albums out now Yggdrasil and Runaljod РGap Var Ginnunga and one in the works. Each of the three albums deal with 8 runes of the Elder Futhark. It really is an interesting listen.