Product Description for Khuki Bat
Maker: Shane Taylor, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 96803
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 12.00 in.
Cutting edge length: 11.50 in.
Total length: 16.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.35 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.25 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.19 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 13.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 17.00 oz.
Blade: Ladder pattern damascus forged from 15N20 and 1084 carbon steels
Bolster: Heat colored Gibeon meteorite
Handle: Carved African blackwood set with heat colored, hand fileworked screws
Description: Mastersmith Shane Taylor has wanted to make a Khukri for many years. The Gurkha knife has inspired many knifemakers over the years and it is no surprise that this legendary blade affected Shane's (already creative) imagination. Taylor combined the traditional Khukri with his batwing fighter to create the Khuki Bat.
The blade was forged to shape from Shane's own laddered damascus steel. The undulating pattern combines 15N20 and 1084 carbon steels into a keen, long lasting edge. A long clip travels along the spine. A fuller is set on each side of the blade.
The handle combines heat colored Gibeon meteorite with carved African blackwood. The Gibeon meteorite landed in Great Namaqualand, Namibia, Africa. It radio carbon dates to over 4 billion years ago. Gibeon fragments are spread over one of the largest strewn fields in the world, measuring 70 miles wide by 230 miles long and have a distinctive pattern known as the Widmanstatten pattern, which is one of the richest and most distinct patterns found in meteorites. The crystalline patterns can only form in the vacuum of space. The large metallic crystals require millions of years of cooling to form from a molten planetary core fragment. It has been estimated that it took about 1000 years for these molten pieces of planetary core to cool by just 1 degree Celsius!
The African blackwood for the handle is nearly pure black. It is beautifully carved for a secure, comfortable grip when swinging the blade. Each of the screws has been hand fileworked and heat colored.Both the blade and tang are distal tapered, ensuring a perfect sense of balance. This Khukri is relatively light and extremely nimble. You won't be able to resist swinging it!
Shane's maker's mark is engraved on the tang between the bolsters. The knife number (1701) is engraved at the base of the tang.
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