Emiliano began making knives in 2014 at Hampshire College where he quickly became enamored with Viking Age pattern welding and Japanese swordsmithing. There he focused on historical pattern welding and using artifacts to reverse engineer the forging techniques used on those pieces. He has had the opportunity to study many original artifacts in museums as well as private collections and this study influences every aspect of his work. In order to more closely copy and learn about the ancient work he began making bloomery iron and steel. Currently Emiliano creates Japanese style pieces out of his own smelted sand iron tamahagane and oroshigane as well as Viking spears, swords, and seaxes from the same period accurate materials.