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kn2 Solar Knives

knives 2011These knives are designed and made by Master Eco-Smith Bogdan Popov and his wife Yalyna. They are 100%  functional  and real practical example of how things can be produced in a sustainable way combining ancient traditions and modern ecologic visions.

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Main features of Solar Knives
They are real forged knives. The blade is shaped completely by forging and not by grinding like the majority of modern knives.
They are real hand-made with no power tools used during production and only renewable resources utilized.
They are real functional knives. The knives constantly tested in field conditions by those who spent much of the time in wilderness (including the knives producers).
They preserve the real tradition and history. The ancient blacksmith techniques are used during blade making (deep forging and forge welding). Their appearance is inspired by traditional Carpathian culture (wood and leather carved patterns).

Type A

At present three types of blades are produced which differ by the technique they made with and, correspondingly, by price. It is important to note that working qualities of all these types are more or less similar. The differences lie mostly in the appearance and historical authenticity.   The handles and sheathes are identical on all three types.

The first type (Type A) is the simplest and it has the whole forged blade (without forge welding) made of tool steel with the carbon content of about 1 percent.


Type B

The second type (Type B) is a blade where a steel edge is forge welded to the soft mild steel (iron) base. This technique was widely used in ancient blacksmith art for the reasons of saving hard steel as well as giving the blade additional resistance to breakage. Refined welded steel can be used for the edge which has the improved cutting features. At final stages of blade making it goes through the acid etching process, which gives characteristic appearance and reveals the technology of how it was made.

Type C

The third type (Type C) is in fact a more sophisticated version of the second type.  Pattern welded steel is used instead of mild steel for the core (sometimes called Damascus steel). The edge is welded with high carbon refined steel as in the second type. This is real reconstruction of ancient pattern welded blade once highly valued for its beauty.

The blade length is in the range within 10-11 cm. As practice shows this is the most functional size, which allows for the most uses needed from a knife in real life (including hunting purposes). Longer blades can be made by special order.

All three types are made with a long tang of around 10 cm long which is firmly fixed inside the handle by epoxy glue and additionally by copper rivet.

The handle is made of sturdy wood with beautiful natural texture (usually walnut or plum) that grows locally in the Carpathian Mountains and harvested sustainably. The part closest to the blade is braced with copper ring fixed by nails. This handle type preserves the maximum sturdiness and prevents splitting while keeping the lowest possible weight.   The back side of the handle has a burnt through opening for cord to fix on the hand and keep the knife from being lost. The handle is boiled in linseed oil to provide water resistance and reveal the natural texture of the wood.

The sheath are made individually for each knife by Yalyna Strokina (a leather master and Bogdan Povov’s wife). The knife handle goes two-third of its length into the sheath and firmly fixed inside. The sheath are impregnated by beeswax which makes the leather hard and protects it’s from moisture.

The handle and the sheath have identical carved ornament individual to each knife made again by Yalyna Strokina. These are ancient symbols which are part of the Carpathian region traditional culture. Together with decorative function they also provide better adhesion of the palm to the handle.