Nessmuk knifeSometimes making a knife is more than just making a knife. Some knife styles have a history more interesting than others to the maker. Here I took a look at the Nessmuk knife or the Muk Knife.
The antler was added with the boiling method. I boiled the antler for about a half hour and tried to push it on. It only went part way so I boiled it again. I did that over and over until it was on all the way making sure to try to push straight on without moving it side to side in either direction. It took quite a few tried but came out great.A crack was created pushing the tang on. I filled it with super glue and worked borax into it while it was wet. It took two applications but after some light sanding the crack totally disappeared. I made the blade out of 3/32” 1095 keeping with the original description of it being a thin knife. The antler was finished with multiple coats of tru-oil. The blade is 5 ¼” and overall it is 10 ½” long.The knife feels really good in my hand. The natural curve of the antler creates a perfect drop and the curve in the knife allows your thumb to rest eliminating the need for jimping. The roughness of the antler was comfortable but kept your hand from sliding. I started using conditioning belts on this knife. They are well worth looking into. They save a lot of hand sanding and provide a very nice satin finish. Purchase one of my knives here!