Dog Carving Knives in Nesuke Style.

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Project by RusticJohn posted 08-07-2014 08:19 AM 3482 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another set of carving knives that I have made. I intend to keep adding to them until I have a comprehensive range. These ones have dog’s heads on the end of the handle. The purpose of the different styled sets that I make is to either remind me of the blade material or to recognize knives that have blades with exceptional performance qualities. All the blades in the dog knives come from the same source.

The carving is in the Netsuke style and carried out over a couple of years. The top one, which is the latest, has much more detail and better carving than the first shown on the bottom. The 20th one should be fantastic. I normally us Jarrah for the dog knives. These are working knives and not intended as show pieces. They cut beautifully and are a joy to use. The overall length is about 200 mm.

-- RusticJohn

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#1 posted 08-07-2014 09:32 AM

Fantastic, I loved the oriental ones you posted before and these are just as nice as those. What material do you use for the blades? Thanks for posting!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 08-07-2014 11:45 AM

How cool is that! Carved carving knives. Way to go, John!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 08-07-2014 02:13 PM

Always love your work. As I’ve asked before, do you have an online store so I can add one of your pieces to my to-be-finished-after-the-20-other-projects-are-completed-by-2020 display case?

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#4 posted 08-07-2014 09:33 PM

Thank you all for the supporting comments. The blades are made from cut throat razors. They needed to be tempered to a lessor level of hardness to be viable. They do work in their original state but are very brittle.

-- RusticJohn

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#5 posted 08-08-2014 04:16 AM

I don’t have a web site that I sell on as I have never parted with one of the Netsuke style knives. I guess I could be tempted to sell if the amount I got reflected the amount of work involved. About $200 each would push me over the edge.

-- RusticJohn

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