In 2006 I bought a knife blade from Leifs knifes while in Jokkokk, Lapland and used it to make this knife.
As it is such a good blade I bought more while in Jokkmokk at the beginning of February. Some of the blades I am selling but one particular blade I decided to use to make a knife.
Having aquired a piece of water buffalo horn, I wanted to incorporate this into the handle. I also had some Birch bur to use and I purchased some bone spacers. Between each of the handle components I placed a piece of Birch bark. When making previous knife handles I have glued the components together but with this knife I decided not to use any glue. Instead I made each component fit exactly and then riveted over the end of the tang to keep them in place.
Here I am shaping the knife handle
I had also been given I really nice Red Deer antler tine (thanks John & Val) which I wanted to use as a sheath for the knife. I began by cutting the antler in half to enable me to hollow it out for the knife blade to fit inside. In this picture I am cutting the antler in half
Here is the completed knife handle with the blade fitted into the antler
I sanded to outside of the antler and filed two grooves around the outside, into which half tanned Reindeer sheath leather would be moulded to secure it in place.
Here is the completed knife and sheath
I only used non electrical hand tools and so it took me a day to hollow out the antler to the shape of the blade (I have viewed many examples of old Saami knives in museum collections and although these days electrical tools are used to make them, in the past only very basic tools were available to make items such as this one
and it is only through making your own, that you learn to really appreciate the work that went into these knives).