Saturday 21 August 2010

The MaChris No 1 ....Arrives.

spoon carving+machris

The collaboration between myself and Chris Grant has culminated with this beautiful and practical carving knife.
Chris Grant has surpassed himself with a skilfully crafted knife.

The story of the knife

Chris had seen me mulling over a Japanese laminated axe & asked if I had ever used a Japanese laminated blade or knife. Coincidentally, Chris had just made a blade from an off cut, and had seen that I had made my own knife before..... 
We briefly discussed this blade before deciding to design something from scratch, as I had specific ideas/specs that I wanted to realise. Also at this point Chris decided to put the handle on the knife as a complete job so it would be ready to use. I supplied Chris with a pre-fab knife blade in cardboard, as well as a roughed out handle blank. 

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The brief of the knife: 

  •  The main design feature worth noting is the tapering point, this was designed specifically for chip carving. 

  • Approx 3mm thick blade, not too wide to hinder carving, not too thin to be uncomfortable when thumb pressure is applied.

  • Simple carbon steel for the blade; easy to sharpen, tough and capable of a fine edge.

  • A strong, narrowed tang to allow for the pressure of power cuts. 

  • A well designed one-piece warm wooden handle.   


  • The prototype was made in laminated CS80, but needed refining, another version was made in laminated shiro gami 2 (white steel) for comparison purposes. Chris hopes one day to finish both these knives, so a full comparison can be made.

  • The first full working knife was made from 15N20, band saw steel, with  2% nickel, very sharp, with great toughness, it was decided that this  would be an ideal steel for a blade with a very fine tip.

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  • The blade was heat treated in a computer controlled furnace, to ensure maximum performance from the steel and then quenched in reclaimed whale oil. 

  • Jon carved the final handle himself, to ensure that it  would be exactly as he wished.

  •  The blade was secured in the handle with super strong two part JB weld  epoxy.To finish the handling, the tang was peened over the end of the  handle.

  • The sheath was made to be hung on a shoulder sling, but can adapt to  belt carry. The sheath is stitched with two rows of thread with an extra  thick welt  8mm to allow for the blade's sharpness &  fine point.


Overall length: 230 mm
Handle length: 127 mm 
Blade length: 100 mm
Blade thickness: 3mm

  • Sheath: Oil tanned leather, sealed with beeswax & gum traganth, sewn with white waxed linen..

spoon carving

spoon carving

spoon carving

Handle: Hand carved Birch with Walnut ferrule.

spoon carving

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Coming soon....

The Bushcraft version of the MaChris....


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