230mm by 52mm 125sc, wrought iron cladding Elm burl handle The symbols on this knife are based on gorinto which are Buddhist grave markers. The design of the stupa has a series of shapes which represent earth, water, air, fire and ether. I’m not going to try and explain the significance of these symbols here but have a google as it’s quite interesting. The symbols appealed to me because there is a common thread within the craft I practice and I appreciate the connection to olde world alchemy. I made a set of stamps to use to punch the symbols into the blade, this is the first iteration of this idea which I hope to explore a bit. This knife has its bevels polished out using natural whetstones, This process means the upkeep of the blade should be significantly easier especially if you know your way around a whetstone. Flattening the bevels and refining them can be a chore in the initial stages so I’ve done the groundwork for you so it’ll be nice to take to the stones for your polishing pleasure.