• Image of Shear steel petty
  • Image of Shear steel petty
  • Image of Shear steel petty
  • Image of Shear steel petty
  • Image of Shear steel petty

This stout little knife is something a bit special. The blade is forged from shear steel made by my colleague James Wood. Shear steel is a highly labour intensive process and was the primary method of producing steel before Benjamin Huntsman industrialised the production of crucible steel in the 1740s. It involves the carburization of historic wrought iron with pulverised charcoal, which is then stacked welded and refined in the hearth. The result is essentially an archaic, very low alloy, high carbon wrought steel that was favoured for use in certain cutting tools well into the 20th century due to it’s “tooth”, reportedly caused by the non homogeneous nature of the material.
For some reason this steel does not like to take a forced patina, so I have left it without.
The handle is made from 5000 year old Anglian bog oak
Both the blade and handle are made from natural, raw materials which will age and change with time, but with care will last generations.
The dimensions are as follows;
Blade length; ca. 157mm
Heel height; ca. 40mm
Handle length; ca. 120mm
Spine taper and balance point as pictured

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