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Three Finger Textured Batwing Skinner Fighter (Journeyman Test Knife)

Three Finger Textured Batwing Skinner Fighter (Journeyman Test Knife)
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Product Description for Three Finger Textured Batwing Skinner Fighter (Journeyman Test Knife)

Maker: Shane Taylor, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 1412
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 2.82 in.
Total length: 5.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.96 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.27 in.
Item weight: 3.20 oz.
Blade: Textured 1095 carbon steel
Handle: Fossil mammoth ivory (20,000 - 30,000 years old)
Description: Shane Taylor became a journeyman smith in 1998 and has been among my favorite makers since well before then. His sense of style, fit and finish set him apart from other knifemakers. I am extremely excited to have come upon one of his five journeyman smith knives.
The journeyman smith test knives are judged by ABS Mastersmiths on fit and finish, as well as general artistry. Each must be forged to shape from carbon steel. The standards are exacting. With this skinner, Shane Taylor (now a mastersmith) gained the ranks of ABS Journeyman Smith at the 1998 Blade Show.
As you would expect, the sense of design, artistry and technique are spectacular. The spine and backbar are both fileworked, with texturing at the top of the carbon steel blade. The screws are fileworked and heat blued. The blade and tang both feature a distal taper, creating a perfect balance in the hand.
The batwing style is one of the hallmark patterns of Shane's career, being used for such divergent knives as fighters, skinners, and folders. Numbered 988 -- the eighth knife of 1998.
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