Knife reconstruction - my ancestor the pirate Jens Rasmussen (post)

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Knife reconstruction
my ancestor the pirate Jens Rasmussen

I come from, Jens Rasmussen and his wife, Jens are also known as the Pirate since he was captured at sea by the English and was prisoner at the Thames in England in a prison ship.

At Odder museum in Jutland, Denmark, there are some of his stuff and amongst it are this little fine knife he made while he was prisoner in 1813-1814.

I decided to make me one that can pass on to my daughter one day and remind her of where we come from.

This post is from the blog:

1. The knife reconstruction.
2. From my sketchbook.
3. Making a blade.
4. Handle material.
5. Jens Rasmussen the pirate.
6. His original knife at the museum.

_Hope it can be to some inspiration,

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 11-04-2014 10:40 PM

A great project and a nice tool Mads. Now, I feel like myself a similar one !

All the best,


PS: Great process description on your blog as well. Thank for sharing !

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#2 posted 11-04-2014 11:11 PM

Nice way to link the past to the future Mads.
Interesting little stabber too, makes me glad to be living in a quieter time. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 11-04-2014 11:32 PM

Nice piece of history reconstructed!! Good job, my friend!!...............Jim

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

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#4 posted 11-04-2014 11:46 PM

Oh Mads, this is just so like you to do something like this. I understand it perfectly. Trying to find a means to connect ourselves and our children to the ancestors. I know Jens would be very proud of this. We could talk for hours I know about what this is all about. Antler is an interesting material to work with. I have turned a number of pens out of it. It will survive more than a lifetime. Good work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 11-05-2014 01:04 AM

Aarrr Mafe ‘tis a fine knife you have crafted.

‘Tis a good thing you made such a knife for the lass. She can hide it in her blessed busoum and bring it out to chase away those glad handed Englishmen. We be thinkin’ that ‘Ol Rasmussen would like the idea if his lovely daughter sticking it to the Limey’s!

Ye be a grand father for all ye do.

Cheers Mafe!


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#6 posted 11-05-2014 12:25 PM

Great project Mads. Interesting family history eh

-- I never finish anyth

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#7 posted 11-05-2014 01:00 PM

Beautiful reproduction and the shape of the blade will make it very useful for a lot of different types of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 11-05-2014 10:47 PM

We be thinkin’ that ‘Ol Rasmussen would like the idea if his lovely daughter sticking it to the Limey’s!
Along with all of the conquered world at one time. During the expansion of the British empire.The English Monarchy simply saw and if it was of benefit to them or they simply liked it took it without any further question and if there were any questions the killed eagerly for what they desired with IMPUNITY, including land and peoples of that land .
Ah poor old slavery it is still going strong today in 2014 we have more slaves in the world than at any time in the past.Sad but true. Why? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 12-08-2014 07:30 PM

way kewl, love the history

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#10 posted 12-16-2014 09:35 PM

Guess we are a few pirates here. ;-)
Yes Ole might be proud up there in the sky or where ever he is resting now, perhaps in the sea, I my self have asked to be burned and spread into the sea when I leave this life.
Hope the knife will be used only peacefully, perhaps just as a hopeless letter opener in the future…
Wonderful material yes, only the dust is a wee rough on the lungs…
Best thoughts and merry ChristMads.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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