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Hungry shipeater knife by Ugrik Hungry shipeater knife by Ugrik
Carving is about Jörmungandr or Midgard serpent (one of three Loki's most famous offspring) trying to eat a lonely viking ship. Legend says that this horrible creature will crawl out of the ocean during Ragnarok and poison the skies. Eventually he will be killed by Thor who gets himself lethally poisoned while doing that.

I had to finish this knife in a hurry so it contains some flaws that i would have wanted to avoid or do a bit better. Bladesteel should be böhler K990 (i think) and handlewood is palisander. I blued the blade to make it look more like a sea but i think i should have cleaned the blade more carefully. The temp was about 240-250 degrees C. Again i managed to cut myself before i completed the blade because i forgot a that i sharpened it just few moments ago :lol: Pattern on the blade is etched in HNO3 (18% solution) 1.5 hours and the fitting is etched in FeCl3 (1/4 solution in water) 3.5 hours.
I wanted deep etch and it came out about as i wanted.
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:iconwraithsith:
wraithsith Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You should make a knife based off of the Loch Ness monster!
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016
Maybe if i have to make a knife to a scotsman :D  Celtic mythology is very rich in much more intriguing monsters and creatures that make it difficult for Nessie to stand out.
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wraithsith Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've stated the Loch Ness monster- because it's either depicted as a pleisosaur or as a serpent, and since you do alot of serpent/dragon-ish related material, Nessie seemed like an obvious choice to me :shrug: . Btw the original English word for snake was "Draco" which also meant dragon. Depending on the mythology in question- a dragon is either serpent-like, Bird-like, crocodile-like or a combination. One could argue that the "feathered serpent" worshiped in MesoAmerica was some form of dragon.
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hansstellingsma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
i would love to have this knife what a amazing knife <3
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Mikespimpcane Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Heyy did you actually make this if so send me a message cause id like to have a commision done and sent to me id also love if you put it up on your deviant art/website and i would be willing to model it for you if you requested images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__c… that is what i would like to have done commisoned feel free to send me a message anytime
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Edocsil123 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Pardon my language, but holy shit that is amazing.
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JamesAWal Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AHH! INcredible!
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Koyukionna Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Fantastic. You say the blue in the blade is for sea, I also think it looks like poison.
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ApricotProductions Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Neato, the colour of that blade almost looks magical... :XD:
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DavidGustafik Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
Amazing work!
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annielopez1993 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
me wants it. o.o :wow:
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:iconvolturon:
Volturon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... I REALLY love this one.
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:iconugrik:
Ugrik Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Me too :D
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
OMFG. The steel became a very impressive depth. Did you milled the bladeback or what have you done? Have you hardend it after milling?

Howeveer, the result is very respectable.
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
Nearly all the work is done before hardnening and heattreating.
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NikitaTarsov Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
HAH.....im so proud of me :)
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Alvaroper Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
if i want to buy it how much it will cost
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:iconugrik:
Ugrik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
roughly 200 euros
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PantherStar613 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning, and great representation of the saga. :)
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:iconugrik:
Ugrik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
If you love sagas go to youtube and search "biorn saga" :D
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xXMusic-MuseXx Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous blade. I'd be proud to own something like this and I'd probably outshine a lightbulb with the grin I'd have if I could buy that :heart:
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bakeraj Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
is this forged or cast or what? BEAUTIFUL work
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Thanx! Blade is forged and then carved with lots of care. It should be nearly impossible to cast steel - lotr movie spreads wrong ideas to too many people :D. The fitting on the handle is cast bronze though.
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iberiko Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
I think your work is beautiful beyond description.....i've been wondering about carving metal for some time...any advice?
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Hmm - sharp quality tools and steel thats not hardened :D Its really difficult to give such broad advice but if you feel you want to do it and have at least some afinity to crafting then i dont see much that can stop you :P
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iberiko Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
I thought blades had to be hardened to be functional though...ok so, you carve the un hardened steel and then harden it I suppose.....as to the carving tools, what I have found resemble chisels (like the ones you would use for stone or wood only smaller) I figured this would take forever and I was probably looking at the wrong tools....tried once with a dremel but the result was not quite what I had expected....dunno, any advice or just pointing to the right direction (type of tools etc) would be awesome....thanks for your reply btw, and as I said the first time, amazing work!! :)
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Cutouts are made with a jewellers saw, i use dremmel a lot with many different heads. Sadly i lack vocabulary to describe. Different cutting discs and cutting drills. You are right - hardening and heat-treating are one of the last steps when making a blade. I have thought of making a tutorial oneday - maybe next year :D Chisels work as well but i have little experience with them - i have only used them when making silver inlay. But most of the oldschool engraving is done with chisels - just look at some amazing japanese tsuba`s what can be done.

[link] is wonderful thread about carving a tsuba with detailed descriptions and pictures of tools and workprocess
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iberiko Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
excellent! thanks....if you do decide to make a tutorial at some point by all means send me a link!!! metal is a whole new beast for me so im a little lost but im sure i will be catching up soon....again thanks for the inspiration, I look forward to that tutorial! :)
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NaturePunk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
AWESOME. Simply AWESOME.
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2010
Thanx :)
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I didn't even notice the mouth swallowing the blade on my first glance. This is some TRULY amazing work! It really tells a story.
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Heh - the picture might not be the best in this sense.
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
No I think it looks great, though I'd really love to see it from one or two different angles.
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Thats true - its totally different when you hold it in your hand :D
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I make sculptures so I understand how hard it is to take pictures of 3D art!
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Curse of the artisan. you have to make both beautiful object and then beautiful photo of it as well
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ChibiSilverWings Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah!
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Averant Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply gorgeous! Awesomesauce! +Fave!
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Spikleton Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010
I had to look at it twice to see the serpent. Probably because of how great the blade looks. Good Work.
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fudgumz Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
what materials and processes did you use?
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:iconugrik:
Ugrik Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
One ougt to read the description first - might find some answers ;)
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Wehland-Workshop Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
Beautiful work. I love it
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BLOODSTORME Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Dude ... Your stuff just keeps getting more and more awesome. This is such a cool piece. I love it.
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Thanx. I haven made anything in a long while and miss my workshop a lot. I still havent gotten home from Australia.
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BLOODSTORME Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're still out here? I hope you're not still out in the Isa! Where you at now?
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010
Yep. Im working in Homehill near Ayr at the moment hoping to save some money before going back home.
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BLOODSTORME Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Holy hell. How did you end up in Home Hill? I grew up in Mackay, and it will be a shame to not meet you before you go home.
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Ugrik Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Oh. I had to look for a work after the troubles with the car so i worked in a farm in Home Hill last year. Then traveled for 5 months and now im working again in the same farm. We can see about that meeting - its very likely that i will take my plane home from Brisbane in the end of september.
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BLOODSTORME Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You just let me know when you'll be down this way, and I'll make sure we get together. I would love that.
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snowwolf-suraku Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Student Photographer
beautiful blade, awesome craftsmanship
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