Bowie Knife with Crown Stag and Desert Ironwood

Product Description for Bowie Knife with Crown Stag and Desert Ironwood

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 102794
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 12.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 11.75 in.
Total length: 18.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.87 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.28 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.28 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 23.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 30.6 oz.
Blade: 52100 carbon steel with a Japanese style clay zone heat treatment
Bolster: Nickel silver with an antiqued finish
Handle: Stag crown with desert ironwood spacers
Sheath: Hand tooled custom leather 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 this clip point bowie blade from 52100 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 hamon.
The handle is formed from a beautiful section of crown stag with desert ironwood spacers. The natural crown stag handle is easy to grip and feels sturdy in the hand.
A tooled brown leather custom sheath is included to protect the knife during transportation.
Excellent work throughout

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