Hunter/Utility (Model S) with Red Bushwillow Burl and Spalted Maple Burl

Product Description for Hunter/Utility (Model S) with Red Bushwillow Burl and Spalted Maple Burl

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 101490
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.70 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.60 in.
Total length: 8.40 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.91 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.09 in.
Item weight: 4.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 6 oz.
Blade: Satin finished 75Cr1 tool steel
Bolster: Brass
Handle: Red bushwillow burl and spalted maple burl
Sheath: Nordic style leather sheath
Description: Stuart Smith began making knives in 2000 after he took a class with Mastersmith Kevin Harvey. Stuart was immediately hooked and quit his job working as a salesman by 2004. Only a few years after that, in 2009, Stuart began teaching classes of his own. Among his many students is Neels van den Berg. Stuart has been very active over the years in the Southern African Bladesmiths Association (SABA) and the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa (KGSA). Stuart became a Journeyman Smith in June 2019.
The satin finished blade is made from 75Cr1 tool steel. This German-made carbon steel is very similar to 1075 carbon steel with additional chromium added to achieve a higher hardness during heat treatment. The result is a long lasting edge that can be easily sharpened to razor sharpness! The right ricasso features Stuart's maker mark.
The handle is formed from a solid piece of red bushwillow burl (Combretum apiculatum). Red bushwillow is native to the semi-arid savanna regions of Africa, southward of the equator. This bushwillow burl combines heart and sapwood for a particularly dramatic handle. A spalted maple burl spacer nicely complements the red bushwillow handle. Thin brass and black fiber spacers help the handle adjust to humidity and temperature changes. A brass bolster completes the handle.
To protect the knife during transportation, a traditional Nordic leather sheath is included.
Excellent work throughout!

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