I hand forged this viking battle axe bottle opener from an old file . the axe head was drilled out to fit the taper on the handle and then peened over, there is also three zoomorphic embellishments to be found in the handle . Skol!
Photos by Travis Rathbone I hold the knife in my right hand, thumb on the blade spine. My left thumb guides the edge along a blade sharpening stone at as close to a 20-degree angle as possible. The screech of diamond dust biting steel is like a door creaking open in a slasher film. I haven't broken such a nervous sweat since Mrs. Evans made me read a story about tarantulas to the entire third-grade class.