War Knife - Jonas Blade & Metalworks

War Knife

$4,700.00

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Description

Blade: 15″ 6-bar composite

Handle: Bronze, wrought iron, ivory G10

Overall Length: 19″

 

This knife is massive, elegant, and lethal. She is one of the five knives I submitted in June of 2019 that earned me the rank of Master Smith from the American Bladesmith Society and as such represents a significant, one-of-a-kind piece of my personal history. 

I envisioned this piece as a fusion between an Afghani weapon called a Khyber knife and an ancient Celtic weapon whose name is a mystery. In truth the piece in its final form doesn’t really represent either of those, hence my own title for it. The blade comprises six individual bars of damascus steel: the edge is made up of five 180-layer twists, and the spine and bolster are a bar of 500-layer laminate. There are three fullers along the length of the blade; one at the top of either bevel, and a third running the length of the spine. I hand scraped each one to accent the overall form and to play a little further with the layered steel. There are two bronze accent pieces just behind the bolster, sandwiching a hot-blued wrought iron spacer that finished out to a deep, rich black that looks almost like hematite. The grip is carved G10, a synthetic material that I chose as an analogue to ivory. The grip is carved in abstract to resemble a bone, and I felt that the only material more suitable aesthetically would have been solid ivory, but I do not support the harvesting of ivory and I did not have access to a piece of fossilized material that would have fit the project. 

This is easily one of the best knives I have ever made. It is imposing but subtle in form, extremely comfortable in the hand, and elegant overall. It will be hard for me to send this one out into the world. But don’t let that stop you…

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High Carbon Steel

Nearly all of my knives are made using high carbon steel. It is superior to stainless steel in almost every way, but you need to know how to take care of it. It is important to understand what you’re buying.

Want something custom?

If you would like to discuss a custom order, send me a message here to start the conversation. Your email will come to me, and I will respond personally. Tell me as much as you can about what you envision so that I can begin to frame the project in my mind, and we’ll go from there. 

Pricing on custom work ranges from $100 on up to $10,000 and more, depending primarily on the complexity of the piece. 

Lead time (i.e. when the knife might be complete) depends on what I have on my books at the moment, but in most cases 6 months is a safe guess. 

Jonas Blade & Metalworks Owner and Founder

Zack Jonas

“As a bladesmith, I get to explore the balance of form and function through the endless variety of mankind’s oldest and most useful tool. My craft pushes me every day to learn more and work harder. I love the immediacy of seeing beautiful, useful objects take shape in my hands.” – Zack

Artist's Statement

I stole my mom’s paring knife when I was 10. 

I hid it under the sofa in the basement. I never cut anything with it, just took it out and admired it from time to time. If I’m honest, ten-year-old me felt empowered by the feel of it in my hand. And if I’m really honest, I still do. It has never been about the power to do violence with a blade—although I do think it’s important for me as a maker to respect that potential—but there is just something about knives that I find compelling.

Think about it. Every culture in the world has used knives since long before recorded history, and they are useful in nearly every sphere of human endeavor. You’ve probably used one at least once already today. Knives are simply a feature of our existence in the world we inhabit.

As a bladesmith, I get to explore the balance of form and function through the endless variety of mankind’s oldest and most useful tool. My craft pushes me every day to learn more and work harder. I love the immediacy of seeing beautiful, useful objects take shape in my hands.

– Zack Jonas

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About Zack Jonas

I won’t bore you with my whole life story, but if you would like to know a little more about me, here’s the abridged version.

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