Hello friends,This is a small handle version of our Davis brothers #9 traditional woodcarvers detail knife, hand forged and hand made right here on the Pacific Northwest Coast. It is based on designs used by native Northwest carvers for hundreds of years. Detail knives are used in accompaniment with crook knives . This is one of a series we are now making for those who have use, or need, for a much smaller handle than our regular stock. We will soon have these available in all sizes and configurations from #3 thru #11. The blade on this one most closely conforms to the #9 blade in the blade profile reference that you will find in our e-Bay store. I have carved with this type of knife for over 25 years, using them on a wide variety of woods and carving styles. The curved edge is sharpened with a bevel on both sides. This makes for more ease in scribing curves, or working with either hand. This blade is more delicate than the #8 and is capable of finer work. It is very useful for carving and whittling in the round. It also excels at making curved stop cuts due to the curvature of the edge. I usually use this blade to make the stop cuts and then one of the crooked blades to remove ground to the cut. I use this one a lot at the end of carving to get the small details cleaned up. My brother and I are woodcarving artists, and long ago learned to forge and make our own tools. We have made knives for friends, family, and acquaintances for years and are now offering them here. This knife is 6 3/4" long with a 1 5/8" blade that is 1/2" wide at the tang. It was made in our shop, using high carbon steel, forged, bent, and ground to shape. It was then heat treated and sharpened to produce an edge that is both durable and extremely sharp. The blade is set with epoxy, and reinforced with seine twine winding saturated with cyanocrylate. The handle is made from figured Maple. We chose this wood because it has good strength for hafting in a working knife in this smaller size, and is a traditional tool handle wood. It has beautiful grain, strength, durability, and attractive color. In addition Maple is not threatened, and readily available. It is finished with hand rubbed Tung oil. The look and feel of this tool when held, is beautiful, smooth, and inspires the work at hand. For more of our hand forged carving knives in various sizes and curvature check out my e-Bay store and my other listings. I am steadily adding knives as we make them. I gladly combine shipping to save you money. Shipping on one or more items includes $1.00 handling fee. International shipping is by 1st class international, or Priority Mail small flat rate box, and includes $1.50 packing and handling fee. Multiple items will ship by the chosen service with combined postage quote on request. Be aware that I will not be responsible for items lost or damaged outside the U.S. I will however, provide a customs reference number, and assist with any inquiry.