2 March 2012
I have recently made these knives after some patterns I found on the blog St Thomas Guild, well worth a visit by the way, where you'll find info on medieval woodworking and such.
Although it seems difficult to connect medieval knives specifically to wood working, as knives can really do many different jobs, these seem to have been connected in some way to specific woodcarving/whittling of carpenters and coopers.
I like to try new ideas in knifemaking (well, new to me) and made these little knives, as close to the patterns as I could. The geometry of the blades as been reproduced as accurately as I could. The handles are a bit different from the pictures on the blog, but I thought that shouldn't be detrimental to the working of the knives. (I just used bits of woods I already had on the bench)
The blades are: 94 mm long, 16 mm wide , 70mm long, 14mm wide and 63mm long, 12mm wide, all three with convex grind.
I haven't had time to try them much on wood yet, but they cut tomatoes, onions and meat very well indeed!
I think the larger one, with a thicker blade (3mm) and a scandi grind, will make a very capable bushcraft knife.