Midnight Special with Bog Oak

Product Description for Midnight Special with Bog Oak

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 104531
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.75 in.
Cutting edge length: 7.10 in.
Total length: 12.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.32 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.24 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.23 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 10.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 13.8 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 52100 carbon steel with a gun black finish
Bolster: Gun black finished mild steel
Handle: Bog oak
Sheath: Black leather sheath
Description: Getting to meet with Journeyman 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.
This impressive Midnight Special features a 7-3/4" blade hand forged 52100 carbon steel. This high performing steel is considered to be among the best steels (if not the very best) by many knifemakers and knife users. Makers such as Mastersmiths Bill Burke, Bob Kramer, and Ed Fowler have pioneered this long edge holding steel. Stuart meticulously hand satin finished the blade before giving it a gun black finish. The blade is convex ground and razor sharp.
The hand contoured handle is Bog Oak. The dark black bog oak was buried in a peat bog and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions for hundreds or even thousands of years. The steel guard is gun black finished.
To keep the knife close a hand, a custom hand stitched black leather sheath is included.
Excellent work throughout!

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