Carbon River Utility with Spalted and Curly Maple

Product Description for Carbon River Utility with Spalted and Curly Maple

Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 86086
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 6.00 in.
Total length: 11.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.20 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.17 in.
Item weight: 7.12 oz.
Shipment weight: 11 oz.
Blade: Hand forged, satin finished 52100 carbon steel
Bolster: Integral 52100 carbon steel
Handle: Stabilized, spalted maple burl with curly maple accents
Sheath: Tooled pouch style leather sheath by Michael
Description: This exquisite integral hunter was made by Michael Rader in 2008 while he was a journeyman smith. It has been in a private collection since it was first sold by BladeGallery and is in new condition. Integral work has become a hallmark of Michael's work and his skill -- both at the forge and with woodwork -- is clearly visible.
This integral utility knife was hand forged from 52100 carbon steel. 52100 is considered by many knifemakers and collectors to be among the best -- if not the best -- carbon steels for edge holding. A hand rubbed satin finish lends an heirloom quality.
The bolster is integral -- a technique that, while common in production knives, is very rare in handmade knives due to the difficulty of implementation. The resulting knife is extremely durable and dramatic. The handle is formed from spalted maple burl with curly maple accents. The woods are meticulously combined in complex arches -- with the seams nearly beyond perception. By using stabilized woods, Michael is able to combine the beauty of natural wood with durability. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand. The knife is accompanied by a pouch style, hand stitched and tooled leather sheath. Exceptional work throughout.

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