Fighting Claw with Maple
Journeyman Smith Test Knife

Product Description for Fighting Claw with Maple
Journeyman Smith Test Knife

Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 89465
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.50 in.
Total length: 12.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.25 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Item weight: 7.50 oz.
Blade: Hand forged, clay tempered 1074 carbon steel
Bolster: Stainless steel
Handle: Stabilized maple burl with dyed maple inlays
Description: Among the most collectible knives of a maker's career are the knives submitted to become a journeyman smith and Mastersmith. When a bladesmith tests to become a journeyman, they must first complete a performance test. The apprentice forges a knife to shape from carbon steel. This knife is then put through some of the most difficult tests, showing the bladesmith's skill at forging and heat treating. First, the knife must cut through a 1" thick section of free hanging hemp rope. Next, a 2x4 is cut in half -- twice. Then, showing that the knife has not been dulled by the arduous cutting task, the knife must still shave hair. Finally, The knife is put into a vice and bent to 90 degrees. Having passed through this performance test, the bladesmith makes 5 knives that are judged on fit, finish, and artistry. Typically, the bladesmith spends many more hours than on their typical knives, as these will be judged for any slight flaws. This claw is one of the five knives that Michael submitted for testing when he become a journeyman on June 16th, 2006. His skill and artistry are clearly visible.
The arched blade was forged to shape from 1074 carbon steel. A hand rubbed satin finish lends an heirloom quality. The knife was differentially heat treated using a traditional Japanese technique -- by coating the spine with clay prior to quenching, Michael creates a knife with a soft, supportive spine and a hard, keen edge. A dramatic line shows the transition between soft supportive steel and the harder edge. This heat treatment technique, combined with low temperature forging, results in a damascene pattern to the straight carbon steel. The handle is formed from stabilized maple burl. Dyed and stabilized maple inlays show off Michael's woodworking skills at their best. The fittings are formed from stainless steel.
Exceptional work throughout! A VERY rare find!

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