Viking Skinner


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Custom, hand made knives for hunters and collectors   

Custom handmade knives and high performance cutlery for hunters, collectors, and chefs

Michael H Mara  

(708) 330-5101   Cell: (708) 299-4631


Here are the knives. Some are sold, and some are currently available, as described in the captions. I can duplicate a sold knife, or work with you to create a custom piece. Lead time for custom orders is currently 6 to 8 weeks.

All my knives come with a Lifetime Guarantee. Call or email to arrange a commission or purchase.


Viking Skinner               

Hand Forged Hunting and Skinning Knife 

Viking Skinner @ 2008 Michael H. Mara

This frontier style hunting / skinning knife features a 3 blade (4 3/4" usable edge) of 1/8" 1084, with an upswept point and curved spine, extensively fileworked. The blade design includes a deep, curved ricasso, forged and etched finish, and a convex ground edge, with a rear forged finger hole. The blade is hardened to HRC59. It is very light and quick in the hand. The knife is 7 1/2 overall, with full tang construction, Curly Bubinga scales and 2 Nickel silver pins. It includes a hand tooled leather belt sheath, with three Viking runes. $334 SOLD



 This knife was a special commission, and is sold. If you're interesting in owning a similar knife, please contact me.

For more information on the meaning of the runes, click here.


Here's a short video of the usage of the rear finger hole. Click on the picture below, and the video will open in Windows Media Player:

Viking Skinner in action


Some detail pics:

Progress pics of the sheath. The leather pieces cut:

Carving the runes into the leather:

Tooling the runes with an edging tool:

The runes:

Holes drilled, sewing the sheath:

Sewn and dyed:

Finished, oiled, and waxed:

The edge of the sheath, with triple-ply construction all around, for durability:


Michael H Mara   (708) 330-5101   Cell: (708) 299-4631

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