Mountain Scene Bating Fighter
Product Description for Mountain Scene Bating Fighter
Maker: Shane Taylor, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 89570
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 7.90 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.10 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.17 in.
Item weight: 4.50 oz.
Shipment weight: 8.2 oz.
Blade: San Mai Mountain scene damascus forged from 1084, 15N20, O1, Dexite 14 and 1018 carbon steels along with pure nickel
Bolster: Integral damascus
Handle: Ironwood burl
Sheath: Hand tooled leather sheath by JL Stites
Description: This knife is among the knives that put Shane Taylor on the map. It was made in 1997, while he was developing the batwing fighter style. The steel is a complex san mai combing random pattern damascus at the core (forged by Shane from 15N20 and 1084 carbon steels) and a complex mountain scene mosaic damascus on the sides. Creating the mosaic damascus took Shane two weeks and created enough steel to make only four knives. This said, it was well worth it, as this continues to be one of the most impressive pieces of steel made to date. It is a hallmark knife for Shane. The knife has been in a private collection and is in new condition.
As the steel moves into the cutting edge, the underlying random pattern damascus is revealed. 1084 and 15N20 ensure exceptional edge holding. The sides feature Shane's complex mountain pattern. By using such a wide range of steels, it meant that when heat blued, there would be incredible differentiation in pattern and tone. Here, he has used a black lacquer finish.
The bolsters are integral, showing off the dramatic, high contrast sides and revealing the san mai technique at the base and top of the blade. The dramatically distal tapered blade results in optimal balance. The spine is fileworked in a vine pattern.
Ironwood burl scales are dovetailed to the integral bolsters for a perfect fit. Mosaic pins complete the nicely sculpted handle.
The knife is accompanied by a hand tooled leather sheath by JL Stites.
Exceptional work throughout on a quintessential Shane Taylor knife!
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