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Available is a stunning yakutian knife made from ancient bog oak


The Sakha Republic, or Yakutia as it is also known, is a vast area of eastern Siberia. The republics area is roughly a third of Europe´s landmass, while less than a million people live there. It is one of the most hostile environments in the northern hemisphere with temperatures of -35C being common in the wintertime, and temperatures downwards of -60C are frequently recorded. In this extreme environment, the Yakutian people have developed their own way of living. In this constant fight for survival, the Yakut knife was born. While the origins are still unsure, it is believed that the shape came to be by someone splitting a bone lengthwise, sharpened it against a flat rock, and using it as a knife. Traditional Yakutian knives are forged by hand into the same shape they have had since then.


Blade: The blade has been hand forged in carbon steel and is just over 60mm in length


An unusual feature of this knife is that the blade is asymmetrical; one side of the blade has a fuller, that is a groove in it and a chisel grind, while the other side has no groove and is basically a convex edge (meaning it rounds down to the edge, rather than having a straight bevel).


The blade is traditionally hand forged


Handle: The handle is crafted from a stunning piece of 5000 year old bog oak with trim including medieval oak from the roof restoration of Oxborough Hall in Norfolk and a buffalo horn insert from buffalo grazing near the coast in North Norfolk


The bog oak has been dug up from the Lincolnshire fens and carefully air dried then kiln dried before being quarter sawn to give a beautifully contrasting pattern.


Radio carbon dating has shown these ancient giant oaks to be around 3300BC.


There is also a piece of brass lanyard tubing inserted and comes with a length of vegetable tanned thonging


Leather: The knife is being sold with a handstitched leather blade slip or a sheath is available as an option or contact me for further sheath options.


Please visit the shipping page for details of worldwide delivery costs.


This knife is only available to purchase if you are 18+. Proof of age ID which also matches the delivery address must be provided on purchase before the item can be dispatched. For more information on knife laws in the UK, please visit this page

Bog oak yakutian

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