Integral Recurve Harpoon Tip Bowie with Ironwood

Product Description for Integral Recurve Harpoon Tip Bowie with Ironwood

Maker: Neels van den Berg, J.S. (2016) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 103555
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.00 in.
Cutting edge length: 6.60 in.
Total length: 12.10 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.70 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.24 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.18 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.04 in.
Item weight: 10.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 17.2 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 1075 carbon steel with a clay zone heat treatment and interrupted quench
Bolster: Textured copper plate set in an integral bolster
Handle: Arizona desert ironwood set on a distal tapered full tang
Sheath: Hand stitched, tooled leather sheath
Description: Visiting Journeyman Smith Neels van den Berg's workshop on a recent trip to South Africa with a real treat. His forge is pretty much in the middle of nowhere -- or at least if you kept driving down the road, that is clearly where it would end. The twisting road travels through veldt populated by zebra and other wild animals. Neels is well known for his war hammers, spike hawks, and highly refined knives.
This Recurve Bowie is extremely comfortable, compact enough to carry, but large enough to take care of business. The blade culminates in a raised harpoon tip. Borrowing a technique from the world of Japanese swords, Neels coated the spine with clay prior to quenching. This results in a softer, supportive spine, with a harder, keen cutting edge. The undulating heat treatment line is called a hamon. The recurve gives the knife plenty of cutting and chopping power.
This elegant Integral Recuve Bowie shows van den Berg's work at its best. The blade and integral bolster were forged from one solid piece of 1075 carbon steel. Creating an integral bolster shows tremendous skill at the forge. The carved bolster was then overlaid with a thin section of textured, antiqued copper.
Dark toned Arizona desert ironwood handle scales are set on the full tang. A distal taper ensures perfect balance.
This bowie is accompanied by a hand stitched, tooled leather sheath.
This is a tremendously unique and exceptional knife by van den Berg. Excellent work throughout!

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