This knife is one of our special Urnes Staves Church blades. A 12th century stave church located in Norway, the Urnes Stave Church is renowned for its many examples of unique iconography including classic examples of Viking knotwork. While a site of Christian worship from the early 11th to the late 19th century, many of the thematic elements in the artwork are thought to be of old Norse origin. Certain knives in the Halstein Forge line belong to a special collection inspired by the Urnes Stave Church – knotwork on the handles has been taken from the designs in the church itself. We hope you will be inspired, as we were, to learn more about this special church and its rich history.
In the 21st Century, there are a wealth of knife designs both historical and modern available to look to for inspiration. When Halstein Forge was founded, the owners wanted to create knives that were not only based on established designs but also created out of the minds of our own designers. With so many potential sources of inspiration, it was not hard to come with designs that were exclusive to our forge.
The Cynwrig is one of these knives. An exclusive Halstein Forge design, it takes its inspiration from multiple sources. The original shape of the blade is based off of a classic skinner knife, with a long, tapered single edged and curved blade. The geometry of the blade, especially its profile, was influenced by traditional Japanese knife geometry. There are also traces of classic American Bowie influence which can be detected, especially in the flare of the pommel. The carved oak handle is decorated with designs inspired by the knotwork of the Urnes Staves Church, and are affixed securely to the tang. This beautiful Damascus knife is very unique, and is a worthy homage to the various sources of inspiration it claims.
Finely crafted Damascus steel Knives by skilled blade smiths, each knife is individually crafted, sculpted assembled and refined by a team of skilled knife makers.
Classic elegance with stunning complexity, each knife presents its own character, geometry, and elegance, combining functionality with artistry, rending each unique collectible knife into a true work of art.
A subdivision of world renowned sword makers, Darksword Armory inc., Halstein Forge individually hand crafts each knife in their shop located in Montreal, Canadian.
The Cynwrig is forged with a blend of 1075 and 8670m steel, giving a stunning contrast to the folded steel layering.
Total length: 11 inches
Grip: 4.3 inches
weight: 11.65 oz