Category Archives: Knifemakers Notebook

Why are our Tsukamaki Handles so special?

Since around 2018 we began experimenting with Tsukamaki style handle wraps. There is nothing immediately special about this, as its a common way to finish a handle in the EDC knife world, and for many makers its often quite a lot easier (and much less messy) than making scaled handles.  So while the “Jap Wrap” […]

The Defensive Custom Knife

For over 5 years now Ironside Edge Works has been making handmade defensive custom knives. We have worked to perfect our pikal knives in particular, which is something very close to our hearts, and we feel we have come close to creating a perfect system – if there is such a thing – for making […]

Defensive Knife Design – The Blade

In this series of articles we are going to put forward what like to term “Critical Design Elements” of Defensive knife design, that is knives which are purposefully designed to be carried and accessed from a concealed position, during or just prior to a Close Combat Incident (CCI) which has potentially lethal outcomes.  This is […]

The Craig Douglas Ibara Project – Part 2

Ibara

I set about learning everything I could about Shibuichi and Shakudo. These are traditional Japanese metal alloys used to create sword fittings like Tsuba, Fuchi, Kashira and Menuki, and typically adorn expensive antique swords, or are made into fittings which are in their own right works of art that are highly praised by collectors. Shibuchi […]

The Craig Douglas Ibara Project – Part 1

Craig Douglas Ibara

It was a regular morning on the 12th of February 2019 when I got a message via instagram from an account I was very familiar with. The notification on my phone read something like “SouthNarc wants to send you a message”. It’s one of those notifications that as a relatively new knife maker in the […]

This site uses cookies to offer you a better browsing experience. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies.