Black Pronghorn Hunter (3 1/3 in.)

Product Description for Black Pronghorn Hunter (3 1/3 in.)

Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 100901
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.30 in.
Cutting edge length: 2.60 in.
Total length: 7.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.85 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.17 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 4.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 8.0 oz.
Blade: Satin finished 52100 carbon steel -- with a low temp triple quench and triple temper for high performance edge retention
Bolster: Brass
Handle: Very rare black sheep horn
Sheath: 14 oz. waxed harness leather pouch style sheath
Description: Perhaps most desired of Mastersmith Bill Burke's knives are his black sheep horn hunters. Black sheep horn is extremely hard to find -- especially of this quality. The deep black handle has lighter highlights and tremendous interest. Bill considers the sheep horn used on this knife to be among the best horn that he has found This knife was made in the summer of 2007. It has been in a single collection and has been meticulously cared for. By all appearances, it could have been made yesterday.
This 3-1/3 inch hunter is a perfect size for detail work when skinning or used as a bird and trout.
Bill Burke's knives are as high performance as a hunter 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. Each knife is pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly -- ensuring both edge holding a strength. The heat treatment is a highly detailed process that was developed between Mastersmith Ed Fowler and Bill Burke after years of trial and experimentation. This technique, involving low temperature forging, a triple quench and triple temper creates some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere.
The differential heat treatment results in a blade with a soft, supportive spine and a keen, long lasting edge. Clear differential heat treatment lines are dramatically visible moving through the blade. The characteristic grain pattern (sometimes called wootz-like) created by low temperature forging and many thermal cycles is evidence of the care taken while in the forge.
When wet, sheep horn does not become slippery, and it is amazingly durable. The spacer is created by taking two sheep horn end cuts and aligning them outward, producing a very pleasing effect. The sheep horn on this knife is particularly dramatic.
Excellent fit and finish throughout. An amazing find!

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