#4 Traditional Siberian Evenki hand forged knf. crafted in Karelian Birch
This is a traditional Siberian hand forged Yakut /Evenki knife.
BLADE #4: 3 3/4" long Forged SAE52100 high carbon steel (Wheel bearing). Thickness 5 mm.
Handle: Karelian Birch 4" 3/4 long
The Evenki knife's unique concave/convex geometry sets it apart from every other knife. http://av-salnikov.livejournal.com/2995.html
The 6" long knife's handle is crafted from Karelian Birch and the sheath is crafted from the traditional genuine leather and treated with natural oils and beeswax.
The belt loop is crafted from a genuine leather with genuine bear claw and bone bead.
For centuries the indigenous people of Siberia used tree burls to craft their tools of the trade. For the traditional materials, I used birch and maple burl for this blade. Burl wood is very valuable for its strength, originality, beauty and depth of the pattern.
The burl wood is the traditional material of choice for Evenki knives because it does not burn in open fire, does not swell in water and does not crack. About the value of this unique material says the historical fact, given in the book "Burl Box" (author Nadezhda Perminova): "... in 1837, in Imperial Russia for a growth of a burl of twenty pounds (just over 8 kg) was paid up to fifty rubles, ..., the same amount was paid for a thoroughbred bull at an agricultural exhibition."
Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty and rarity. It is sought after by furniture makers, artists, and wood sculptors. There are a number of well-known types of burls (each from a particular species); these are highly valued and sliced into veneers for furniture, inlay in doors, picture frames, household objects, automobile interior paneling and trim, musical instruments. Burl wood is very hard to work with hand tools or on a lathe because its grain is twisted and interlocked. This "wild grain" makes burl wood extremely dense and resistant to splitting, which made it valued for bowls, mallets, mauls and "beetles" or "beadles" for hammering chisels and driving wooden pegs.
Burl wood is a fairly rear find. Moreover, burls have to be harvested in the winter while the trees are dormant and have less moisture in them. Once harvested, It takes a full year to properly dry and age a burl to ensure the wood does not crack before it can be used to craft a traditional Siberian knife. Once treated with oils and beeswax each burl reveals its amazing pattern that is unique in its character and beauty.