Steve Sunk, a blade maker

“I mix two or three different steels in the forging process and all are carbon steels, not soft steels,” he says. The hot steel is pounded and folded up to 360 times with a power hammer, creating beautiful patterns in the steel. A billet (the basic long piece of unshaped steel) is then ground into the final shape, whether it be a Bowie, dagger or skinning knife. It is etched with acid and finished with a handle of deer antler, buffalo horn, camel bone or Steve’s favourite, Territory ironwood.