Bowie with Ancient Walrus Ivory
(Journeyman Test Knife)

Product Description for Bowie with Ancient Walrus Ivory
(Journeyman Test Knife)

Maker: Towball Weightman (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 100244
Blade length: 8.62 in.
Cutting edge length: 8.00 in.
Total length: 14.30 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.35 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.19 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 15.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 22 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 1095 carbon steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Bolster: 416 stainless steel oval guard
Handle: Ancient walrus ivory
Description: Australian knifemaker Towball Weightman is a friend of Mastersmith Bill Burke and has spent quite a bit of time working in Bill's shop. Thanks to Towball's high attention to detail and experience working with Burke, his knives are exceptional fit, finish, and performance. He received his Journeyman Smith award at BladeShow 2019. Towball is the fifth person in Australia to receive his JS stamp.
This Bowie with Ancient Walrus Ivory was part of Towball's journeyman smith test set. When a maker tests to become a journeyman, they create five knives that are the height of their work. These five knives are then judged by established masters to determine if the maker's work is up to snuff. Often, prospective journeymen spend 2-3 times as long creating these five knives as they would generally do, as they know that their work will be poured over by the masters. These five knives are generally considered to be among the most collectable knives of a maker's career.
The long, drop point blade is hand forged from 1095 carbon steel. This steel has exceptional toughness and resistance to breakage, making it perfect for larger knives and swords. A hand rubbed finish provides an heirloom look. The distal tapered blade has exceptional balance in hand. Towball's makers mark is on the left ricasso.
The handle combines a spectacular piece of ancient walrus tusk perfectly fit to a 416 stainless steel oval guard and ferrule. Caramel, dark brown, and green tones entered the ivory as mineral deposits across thousands of years. The downturned handle is extremely comfortable and will be a pleasure to use for hours. Black fiber spacers assist the ivory to adjust to humidity and temperature changes.
Exceptional work throughout!

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