Monday, June 13, 2011

"Svanhild," my crooked knife

A crooked knife is just the thing for carving spoons, bowls, kuksas, and anything which requires a depression or concave shape. Mine is a Mora #164 full curve carving knife which I ordered from Ragweed Forge. The handle is plain wood, stained only by the dirt and perspiration that comes with use.

I made the little blade protector seen here. Tired and slightly embarrassed by my improvised sheath of cardboard and duct tape, the crooked knife demanded a proper home. I whipped this guard up from some scrap basswood and two small lengths of dowel, drilling the holes with a cordless Dremel tool. The hinge dowel, located upper left, is lubricated with a few drops of melted beeswax. The name and swan design were applied with a woodburner.


  1. I like both blade protectors. I'm still trying to get the hang of the crooked knives. If you don't mind, sometime I'd enjoy seeing a post on how you keep it sharp.

  2. Absolutely! I usually sharpen with sandpaper and a leather strop. I'll take some pics and put together a post on the subject.