Now on the way to Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, to one of my finest customers who got 4 custom knives from me so far and has a very good taste as far as design... It gets a little chilly up there and seal meat neds to be cut for the dogs... What could fit better than a #yakutknife
from my collaboration with @khatantimir
in Yakutia, Siberia.
He sent the unfinished blades to me last year and I did most of the work back then but needed to finish some of these up.
The yakut blade is an ancient blade design that might as well be very closely related to the east Asian forging traditions as its steel traditionally comes from a smelter and ironsand.
The design with fuller on the outside (right-handed on the right side when edge faces away from user and top upright) and full convex on the inside is traditionally used to carve frozen fish and used as a boreal and taiga multitool. In conjunction with the triangular crossection tip used as drill and the traditionally straight and egg shaped handle in a length exceeding the hand for use with gloves, this knife has more practical uses and hidden specializations than I can name. The handle is made from beautiful solid reindeer that is polished to show some of the deep amber like colour. The blade is from Russian high carbon steel and differentially heat-treated for superior edge retention and toughness. Mounted in the handle with the traditional dowel method it is light and your aren't required to touch any metal when handling which is traditional for Nordic knife designs due to temperature records in Yakutia of - 76°C.
The sheath has a carved wooden liner from curly Canadian aspen and the cover is some beautiful #horween
bison leather. The sheath being a merge of Sami and yakut designs.
Topped off by the mosaic pin in the butt end, this knife is a unique, archaic gem for all your adventures hunting, fishing, canoeing, and crafting.
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