I have just received some of Trond Pedersen’s superb hand forged blades.
Trond is well known in Europe for his top quality, traditionally forged, laminated as well as Damascus blades.
He lives on the southern tip of Norway, loves his big moustache and good beer - so he must be a good bloke!
I especially like his short blades and started planning a small EDC fixed blade featuring one of the little beauties.
I firmly believe that a handle must be hand friendly and comfortable as well as being practical and set out to design a heat handle that would meet these criteria.
A couple of day ago, while cutting firewood in the local woods, I came across a bit of Blackwood – nothing more than a bent little bit of branch that was just so comfortable in my hand and I put it in my pocket with the idea of tracing a template for future use.
So, I spent a hour or two planning the handle for my Trond blade – based on the shape of the bit of branch.
While at dinner last night my wife asked why I am so deep in thought and I told her about the comfortable bit of branch.
I explained that although the bit of wood felt and looked just right, my template dit not have the same feel or character.
“And what are you going to make the handle from” she wanted to know.
“Nice bit of wood” I said.
“What kind of wood is that bit of branch?” came the question.
“Australian Blackwood” was my reply.
“But that is a nice wood not so?”
“Yes” I say.
“And you want to make a wooden handle that is the same shape and just as comfortable as that bit of branch”.
“So why don’t you just use the bit of branch as the handle”?…………
You cannot argue with female logic!
I’ll post some pictures when the knife with the bit of branch handle is finished.