Small Left Handed Yakut Knife

Dipping my toes into knife making.

I gifted this knife to a friend.

The blade has been made for me by a young blacksmith from Russia who’s work I discovered on Etsy. I commissioned him to forge me a left and a right handed knife in the Yakutian traditon. This is the left handed version.

As I wanted these to be easily carried on a belt, I asked for the blade to be no more than 60–65mm long. It turned out to be handy size. The blade is about 22mm wide which results in a pleasing 1:3 ratio.

I chose lacewood for the handle material which I wire-brushed and thus removed the soft grain. This created a delightful texture. It is roughly 1 1/2 times the length of the blade (a ratio of 3:2).

Finishing up, I garnished the tips with gold leaf before partly rubbing it off using antique wax and sealing everything with a tung oil tincture.