posted on Jul, 1 2017 @ 09:19 AM
I share my makings here every so often, so here are a couple of knives I made recently with camel bone blades...
First one has a handle made from Rowan/Mountain Ash that was strangled by a vine as it grew:
And t'other has a Hawthorn handle that I carved away at a bit to accentuate grain effects
The blades are pretty long for bone at about 11 inches plus tangs - camel bones are pretty substantial and polish up lovely too. All hafted with deer
sinew, plus pine glue which was my best batch yet, partly due to added beeswax. I do use a bit of epoxy on these too as I sell them and it just adds
"insurance".... I've kept primitively hafted blades for years without failures but I can't expect customers to make authentic repairs if needed
after a few years.
All just made with files, knives, abrasives etc. It's a joy to work bone, like tough wood in a lot of ways but fewer issues with grain.
I'd originally planned to use one as a lance blade, but once I hit the wood scraps pile to make a knife handle and found these two old bits that had
already been shaped as future wands I just had to make use of them. I also got a shortish broad-spear blade out of the bone and a few bits for
They are horrible fun to prance around with