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Mittwoch, 11. September 2013

On the bench these days... Wootz / Bulat-blades from steel I found in the woods

 I can tell you, I nearly fell on my south, when I learned the "crap steel" I found in the woods actually was refined Wootz! In the etch you can see the characteristical carbide distribution...Click here for a scientific article on Wootz / Bulat / Pulad steel.
 Even if it were not this kind of steel, there´s be no harm done, for it makes for a blade that wickedly sharp and holds an edge very well. Okay, so it got some dents, when I slammed it full bore into an iron rod, especially to the rear, where it did not hit the tempering concoction fast enough, but no harm done... when´s the last time you used a knife to chop through iron rods?;-)
 I fitted a stag antler handle that´s currently being tanned.
 The spine´s rather thick at 5mm, the blade´s 95 mm long. I love the Kopis design, for it makes for a smooth cutting motion!
 And my hadseax is there, finally, and talk of being snobbish, the damascus is of ancient file steel and Wootz steel... as I have learned now. It is wickedly sharp, flexible and boy, I simply love it.
 If you look closely you can see hints of the wootz structure in the layers.
 Okay, I have to remove that glue;-)!!!

The blade´s 105 mm long and 3,2 mm thick, has a high convex bevel with a very slight curve. The handle is bog oak from an old mine with a lovely burgundy colour. Fitting and bolster are brass, the white piece is reindeer antler that will see some carving. Watch this space, I am back...!(that a threat?);-)


  1. Very nice. I see I have some research to do.

  2. I have edited the post and included a link for starters;-) and, of course, I´ll do a feature on Wootz / Bulat / Pulad soon.

  3. I like the styling of the first blade. It has esthetically pleasing curves. Reminds me of a kukri.

  4. I love Kopis blades myself, Ron. They are able cutters, and, if you know how to use them, great whittlers and skinners also. It´s interesting that the shape reminds you of a Khuk´, for theory has it the Khukhuri developed out of the Hellenic / Greek / Macedonian Kopis knife or the so - called Machaira during Alexander the Great´s India campaign, which is said to date back to the Hebraic / Egyptian Kopesh sickle sword...


Now go on, discuss and rant and push my ego;-). As long as it´s a respectful message, every comment is welcome!

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