Stealth Hell's Belle Bowie with Carbon Fiber

Product Description for Stealth Hell's Belle Bowie with Carbon Fiber

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 104537
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 11.00 in.
Cutting edge length: 10.30 in.
Total length: 16.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.63 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.32 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.26 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.09 in.
Item weight: 16.30 oz.
Shipment weight: 24.2 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 52100 carbon steel with a gun black finish
Bolster: Gun black finished mild steel
Handle: Carbon fiber
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 bowie is made in the style of the famous bowie maker Bill Bagwell. Bill was one of the founding members of the American Bladesmith Society and is believed to have been the second modern bladesmith to make pattern welded damascus steel. Bagwell built a reputation not only on his fighting bowies, but also on the knife writing he did for magazines such as Soldier of Fortune and Tactical Knives. He also authored the book: Bowies, Big Knives, and the Best of Battle Blades. His knife combat techniques have been taught as part of the Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg. This knife by Stuart Smith is an homage to Bagwell's famous Hell's Belle Bowie.
The 11 inch blade is 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 coffin handle is made from stacked unidirectional/woven carbon fiber. The steel fittings and guard are gun black finished. The C-guard is perfectly designed to catch an incoming blade and with a quick move, it allows you to deflect or disarm the incoming attack.
To keep the knife close a hand, a custom hand stitched black leather sheath is included. The sheath can be removed from the belt loop which allows the knife to come off a belt without needing to take the belt off.
Excellent work throughout!

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