Boundary Waters Belt Knife (brown handle)
These exclusive knives offered here at Piragis were designed by Mr. Andersen in the style known as “Brute de Forge”. A very loose and un-wieldy translation of the style could be said to mean “Rough and un-finished”. This style requires the maker to create a knife that displays hand-forged characteristics (note the hammer and forge marks), yet also reveals hand-finished refinements. Quite a challenge for any knife maker. Our goal is to provide the new owner a knife worthy of being passed down to the next generation with pride. Karl’s experience and desire to achieve these qualities have resulted in the Boundary Waters Belt Knife.
FAQ: What is Stabilized Curly Maple? A: Wood (used in the handle) that has been professionally “stabilized” has gone through an impregnating process that leaves the wood:
Karl B. Andersen is owner and operator of Andersen Forge. He lives near Grand Rapids, Minnesota.
Karl is a life-long hunting/fishing/canoeing/camping enthusiast. He has spent the majority of his life pursuing these activities in rural and remote Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Georgia and Minnesota. It is these activities that have given Mr. Andersen the experience and the desire to create cutlery to better assist others in these endeavors. Karl began making knives in 1996. In 2003 he began his membership in the American Bladesmith Society (ABS) and in 2008 surpassed the requirements necessary to achieve the certification of Journeyman Bladesmith. Now nearing the certification of Master Bladesmith, Karl makes knives of many styles and designs. He has been making knives of all types on a full time basis beginning in 2010.
Karl is also an experienced canoe camper, a Boundary Waters veteran, and has recently accomplished the challenging task of building his own cedar strip canoe from all scratch components.