Experimenting with cast handles. Getting the weight down (casting hollow). Laminating everything to a thin ‘other material’ seems to work , in this case local diamond willow wood.
The original is carve in was – a pretty easy material to work. A rubber mold is made from the wax so I can repeat the pattern in wax. Each wax out of the mold can be easily custom altered, then lost wax cast. In this case ‘free metal’ from old 1920’s village water pipes. Bronze from old barge propellers.
Getting everything to fit snug is still a challenge. The metal shrinks when cast so not possible to cast a perfect fit.
But interesting outcome with lots of potential - hope it gives others some ideas.
Scottish Dirk or kitchen paring knife. Thin flexible 4 inch blade. Copper bronze and musk ox horn. Metals custom carved in wax and lost wax cast for this knife. Fairy light in weight (considering all the metal ) . Guard has feather on one side and totem design fish on the other. Handle has ‘Mother nature’ with wolf head above her on one side and different view on the other side. Handle has two metals. Brass rivets hold it all together. High carbon 1095 steel blade with acid etched flowers deeply etched. Comfortable fit in the hand