I’ve been wanting to do this Hchom sale for a long, long time, but it was difficult to plan, reliant on several weeks’ access to the appropriate power tools and sawdust-friendly work space. This year I’ve finally made it happen: carved wooden daggers with the full fantasy trappings. In my attendant fiction, these daggers were forged by the Immortal Goblin Smith Öσ (I’m pronouncing it “Od”, but do as you will) who sold his sight in exchange for mastery of his craft. They were presented as gifts to five kings who were cursed to wield no metal as punishment for their endless warring. (Unfortunately I’m not actually a master smith, but maybe we can all pretend together).
I’ve made a temporary page with all the details – you can click here (or on the new icon to the right) to visit it.
As well as the big dagger packs, I’ve put together some illustration packs in the $50-70 range. Since I was already making block prints to include in the dagger booklets, I re-printed a couple copies of an old sleeping mouse linoblock, and you can find those in the options as well. As always, everyone gets a sketch with their package – just let me know what you’d like to see. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to purchase packs, or ask questions.
Here’s an example of one of the booklets that comes with the daggers:
For anybody interested in how I made these, I got my dad to help me saw down pieces of douglas fir (I’m terrified of table saws) and together we cut the rough outlines with an ancient jig saw. Then I used a combination of my angle grinder, a belt sander, wood planes, chisels and files to carve their shapes. All the daggers have a stone cabochon embedded in the pommel (and a couple have them in the cross guards as well). The hilts are wrapped with leather, secured with little nails. The wood is finished with Danish Oil, so don’t let infants or adults put these in their mouths.