First Commission Completed
I recently completed a small knife and sheath for a friend. It’s the first commissioned piece I have made as a blacksmith and I am very pleased with the final item. It was also very gratifying to have my friend be so pleased with his purchase. The blade is made of spring steel from a coil spring and the sheath was made using high quality vegetable tanned leather with a bone bead and a hammered wheat ear penny. I made the penny into a concho by drilling and peening it to it’s final shape. I also dyed the leather thong to match the red linen stitching used on the sheath. Overall, it makes a very pretty presentation.
It took me about five attempts to get the sheath to look good and function well. I guess it ended up costing a bit more in time and effort than I expected, but in the end I was very happy to present it to my friend and that was really more important to me than making a profit. I now have a much better idea about how to properly build a usable sheath for upcoming projects as well. I am currently working on a similar blade to enter in our forge groups annual fundraising auction at the Bluebonnet Demo.
Thanks for dropping by and keep on forging!!
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