Hunter/Utility (Model L) with African Blackwood and Ironwood

Product Description for Hunter/Utility (Model L) with African Blackwood and Ironwood

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 102590
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.25 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.80 in.
Total length: 9.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.03 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.16 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.08 in.
Item weight: 5.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 6.8 oz.
Blade: Two tone finished 75Cr1 tool steel
Bolster: Brass
Handle: African blackwood and Arizona desert ironwood
Sheath: Nordic style leather sheath
Description: Getting to meet bladesmith Stuart Smith is always a 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 a Journeyman Smith in June 2019.
The two tone blade is 75Cr1 tool steel. This German-made carbon steel is very similar to 1075 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. A Scandi-grind, preferred by bushcrafters, ensures this will be a particularly efficient cutter.
The handle is hand contoured African blackwood with an Arizona desert ironwood spacer. 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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