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Ondrej Borsky
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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2017 3:04 pm    Post subject: Sköll - A viking, Ringerike style knife         Reply with quote

Good evening everyone!

This is the latest knife I am making, and I´d like to share the process with you Happy I decided to focus more on making knives as a whole, not only blades. That is not to say I am stopping blades, but I deffinitely want to finish more pieces

It all started with me having a blade I really liked, and a piece of curly maple:



I was quite set on doing something in Urnes style which... I didn´t Big Grin Somehow I am always drawn to the Ringerike style! In this case, the brooch below, particulary the beast portraited there, caught my eye...


And so it began... I am still uncertain as to what the animal is, but for me, it resembles a wolf... I started drawing it, to get the details as close to the original as I am able. I changed one thing - I really didn´t like the legs of the beast in the brooch, so I looked at other ringerike animals and changed them a littlebit... Also, I tuned the tail a bit so that it fits the frame of the handle better:


I decided to carve the beast first, it being the most difficult for me to carve, and therefore the most likely to be ruined. So, if there should be a ruinage, i wanted it to be as close to the beginning of the handle as possible... but, everything seems okay (well, there are always the little things that bug you, aren´t there Big Grin ) and i finished the main carving just as the sun was setting... I found it rather poetical... and then I remebered a story from Northern Mythology, about a warg who chases after the sun, named Sköll. The dusk came, and the warg appeared in the handle... I ensnared it! No more chasing the sun, now it will serve the user of the knife!




I apologize for the bad quality of the last two shots...

Well, I wanted to make sure that Sköll will not break out of his prison, so I added cage around him (also, there is a flattened and ground piece of wrought I intend to use for a buttcap):


And this is where I finished today - now I am grinding micrometer after micrometer so that the buttcap fits as well as possible Happy. Yeah, I could have done it before the carving, but I was never much of a planner Big Grin :
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Mark Moore




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

There's nothing about that knife that I DON'T like! Clean lines, lovely pattern on the blade. Just enough decoration to make it really 'pop'. Excellent job! Big Grin .......McM
''Life is like a box of chocolates...'' --- F. Gump
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J. Nicolaysen




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PostPosted: Sun 18 Jun, 2017 6:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's really very nice Ondrej! I like it quite a bit. Can you share the measurements please? Also, will you add a ring from the buttcap for hanging from a belt, or would you put that on a sheath? Thanks for sharing.
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Robert P. Wimmers
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PostPosted: Mon 19 Jun, 2017 2:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, that's a wonderful piece of work!
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PostPosted: Thu 22 Jun, 2017 6:13 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice indeed! Are you planning to keep the handle carvings in that light color, or will you darken it in later?
"...He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." - Jesus, Luke 22:36
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Ondrej Borsky
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PostPosted: Fri 23 Jun, 2017 10:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hello gentlemen, and thank you for all those wonderful words! They keep me going forward Happy

Joshua - I patinated it Happy The patina makes the lines a little blurry, and the knife appears, at least to my eyes, older.

The knife without the ring is 22cms long, the blade itself is 10,7cms Happy

The ring is there, decoreted with 1mm circles, and should serve for pulling the knife out of a sheath...

Please, tell me your thoughts!













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Perfection. That's the only word I can think of at the moment....just....perfection. Big Grin .....McM
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Perfection. That's the only word I can think of at the moment....just....perfection. Big Grin .....McM
''Life is like a box of chocolates...'' --- F. Gump
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Ondrej Borsky
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PostPosted: Sun 02 Jul, 2017 10:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you!
Today things moved a bit - the leather for the sheath got formed, and I prepared, sanded and carved a reindeer antler plate. It is decorated in the same style (ringerike) with a slightly adjusted motif from a weather vane found on Gotland Happy





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Kai Lawson




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PostPosted: Mon 03 Jul, 2017 8:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

As always, I love your knives!
"And they crossed swords."
--William Goldman, alias S. Morgenstern
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Ondrej Borsky
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PostPosted: Thu 06 Jul, 2017 2:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you Kai Happy ! I made one mistake here- the handle is ash, not curly maple.... stupid me! Otherwise the knife is finished, I am starting a thread to make it available
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