C Guard Hamon Bowie with Curly Red Bushwillow

Product Description for C Guard Hamon Bowie with Curly Red Bushwillow

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 101509
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 13.10 in.
Cutting edge length: 12.25 in.
Total length: 18.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.70 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.28 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.21 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 21.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 29.0 oz.
Blade: 1070 carbon steel with a Japanese style clay zone heat treatment
Handle: Presentation grade curly red bushwillow
Sheath: Black leather custom sheath
Description: Getting to meet with Journeyman Smith Stuart Smith is a real highlight of my trips to South Africa. 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 an ABS journeyman smith in June of 2019.
Stuart hand forged the massive clip point bowie blade from 1070 carbon steel. It features a clay zone differential heat treatment. This technique, borrowed from Japanese swords, uses clay to insulate the top half of the blade prior to quenching. The result is a softer, supportive spine, with a keen, long lasting cutting edge. The undulating transition line is called a gunome hamon.
The coffin handle is formed from a beautiful section of presentation grade curly red bushwillow (Combretum apiculatum). The C guard was forged from wrought iron. Borrowing a technique from the custom gun world, the center flats were meticulously hand checkered. A spacer is formed from matching antique wrought iron. The handle is easy to grip and feels sturdy in the hand.
A tooled black leather custom sheath is included to protect the knife during transportation.
Excellent work throughout

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