Sunahama Kotanto by IslandBlacksmith

Published on April 22, 2014


Davej is a blacksmith and knife maker living on Vancouver Island off the West Coast of Canada. He specializes in hand crafting one-of-a-kind functional art pieces using reclaimed farm steel and other materials.

“A big part of the process for me is finding something that someone has discarded, basically that’s useless, and then giving it a new life by creating something that people can’t even believe where it came from when they see them side by side.“


From start to finish, this small tanto was created with hand tools using centuries-old techniques from the Japanese sword smithing tradition. It features scraps of local Island wood and is forged from an old sawmill blade. Even the charcoal for the forge and the glue prepared from rice paste was made by hand.

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“Sunahama means a sandy beach. This piece was named for the way the natural spalting design of the saya is reminiscent of a traditional line-art ink painting of waves washing on a sand covered shoreline.“

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