John Emmerling - Custom 7" Santoku

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As a boy growing up in western Pennsylvania, artist John Emmerling spent a lot of time outside camping, hunting, and fishing. He built cabins and treehouses. A hands-on person, bored by sitting in a classroom.

After serving four years in the Coast Guard during the Vietnam era, he went back to school, earning a BFA in photography, and opened a photo studio in Portland, Oregon. Buying an old house in Gearhart, on the Oregon coast, allowed him to get a hammer in his hands again and think about metalworking for a living. He and his wife opened Gearhart Ironwerks making furniture, lighting, fire screens, and decorative hand-forged work. Blade smithing is the natural continuance of this work.

 

1095/15N20 Feather Damascus Blade. Cocobolo & African Blackwood Handle. Bronze Bolster.

Overall length - 12.5"

Blade length - 6.75"

Blade height at choil - 2"


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