Will Manning of Heartwood Forge and I have talked about a possible collaboration since I think when I first met him at Blade Show years ago. Finally last year we decided to actually start a project; he would do up one of his steels, and I would match my aesthetics as best as I could to what I thought was quintessentially Will.
Will has a very distinct look, there’s an atmosphere to it. It’s not super high-tech, it’s not super chic, but when you look at his work, it feels like you’re you’ve stepped into a refreshed dream world of your childhood home and your mom is cooking you your favorite comfort food. For these blades, he did W2 for the core, 416 stainless for the jackets, and nickel in between.
I wanted to compliment his style as best I could rather than just slapping on one of my handles. I spent months playing with the design to use a series of curves throughout and chose to use desert ironwood burl.
Price: $4000 [Sold]
The names of the knives are a reference to an online novel.