Pronghorn Bowie (8-3/4") with Black Sheep Horn and Damascus
Product Description for Pronghorn Bowie (8-3/4") with Black Sheep Horn and Damascus
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97037
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 8.75 in.
Cutting edge length: 8.25 in.
Total length: 13.80 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.60 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.23 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.21 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 15.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 14.6 oz.
Blade: Differentially heat treated firestorm damascus hand forged to shape from 15N20 and 1084 carbon steels
Bolster: Nickel silver
Handle: Very rare black sheep horn
Sheath: 14 oz. waxed black harness leather pouch style sheath
Description: Perhaps most desired of Master Smith Bill Burke's knives are his black sheep horn knives. Black sheep horn is extremely hard to find -- especially of this quality. This is a section of black sheep horn that Burke kept for over 10 years, waiting to put on the perfect knife. The handle is a deep black with cream toned veins traveling across the surface. Adding to the rarity of this knife, Bill very rarely makes bowies. Finally, the guard is formed from nickel silver, rather than brass. This makes a very nice contrast to the black horn handle.
Mastersmith Bill Burke's knives are as high performance as a knife can get -- the sort of knife that if you were stuck out in the woods or on a desert island and only had one tool, this would be it.
Burke's knives are pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly. The heat treatment is a complex, time consuming process that was developed between Mastersmith Ed Fowler and Bill Burke after years of trial and experimentation. This technique, involving low temperature forging, triple quenching and triple tempering creates some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere. A differential heat treatment results in a blade with a soft, supportive spine and a keen, long lasting edge. Bill's mark is engraved on the left side of the blade. He has engraved M.S. (for Master Smith) on the right side.
The handle combines black sheep horn with a nickel silver guard. The guard protects your fingers from moving onto the blade's edge and brings the weight to the center of the knife. When wet, sheep horn does not become slippery, and it is amazingly durable. A spacer is created by taking two lighter toned black sheep horn end cuts and aligning them outward, producing a very pleasing effect.
The knife is accompanied by a sturdy, 14 oz. waxed black leather pouch style sheath. An extremely comfortable handle.
Excellent fit and finish throughout.
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