Here is a larger knife that I have made to order.
The blade is 15cms long. The knife handle is made from pieces Moose antler, Birch bur and Sallow root bur, with sheath leather between each piece.
The sheath is made from Sallow root bur, half-tanned reindeer leather and I have used pieces of Moose antler (glued on both the front and back) to secure the leather to the root bur.
In order to work on small pieces of bone, flint and antler I have made a very simple vice which works very well. I split a piece of Hazel a few centimeters along it’s length using a flint wedge and pointed the other end to push into the ground. In the picture below I have a flint saw secured and am using it to cut through a piece of bone.
The addition of a piece of Ash wood to rest the vice on adds to its stability, allows more pressure to be applied and by moving the piece of Ash nearer of further away the height can be adjusted.
The vice can be held against the wood using the foot or knee.
John Lord sets small pieces of flint into a split stick to pressure flake them and I used this method to make my drill tips in the post below.
A friend (Will) of mine was shown how to make fire by friction by Patrick Cave-Brown. He used a system based on the Egyptian Bow-drill. Will had made several different bow-drill sets on his pole-lathe and gave them to me to test. From those tests I designed a set specific for me which we then made and this is it.
The drill is made from Ash and has a tapered hole in the bottom into which a wooden plug is inserted. The plug in this picture is made from Hazel. The other end of the drill has been reduced in diameter and fits into a hole drilled in the bearing block (made from Yew in this case). The base of the bearing block sits on the “shoulder” of the drill and once a polished finish is achieved between the two pieces of wood an almost frictionless joint is achieved! The fastest I have produced an ember with this system so far is 10 seconds and have never failed to achieve an ember while using it. My preferred woods thus far are a Hazel drill tip and Cricket Bat Willow hearth.
I have now pressure flaked some flint “drill bits” and set them into wooden plugs using Lime bark cordage as a lashing and a mix of pine resin and bees wax.
The primitive “drill bit” is then inserted into the end of the bow-drill.
Here I am using it to drill a hole through a piece of antler and it works incredibly well.