Damascus Bowie with Sneezewood

Product Description for Damascus Bowie with Sneezewood

Maker: Jean Wilke (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $825.00
Item num: 108114
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 9.20 in.
Cutting edge length: 8.50 in.
Total length: 14.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.46 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.26 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.20 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 12.22 oz.
Shipment weight: 23.2 oz.
Blade: Criss-cross Ws pattern damascus forged from carbon steels
Bolster: Polished 303 stainless steel
Handle: Curly Sneezewood
Sheath: Tooled brown leather custom sheath with cod leather inlay
Description: I was very excited when I first got a look at Jean Wilke's knives a few years ago. Jean is a young custom knifemaker from Pretoria, South Africa. His knives are exceptionally well designed and tested. His attention to detail is clearly evident in each of his creations. He is currently working with Mastersmiths Kevin and Heather Harvey, travelling back and forth every two weeks, alternating between working at Heavin Forge and home forge, Fire Goby Forge. It is very exciting to see such a young make with such tremendous talent.
The large clip point blade is forged from Jean's own carbon damascus, to ensure excellent edge holding and chip resistance. The criss-cross Ws pattern is deeply etched and brought to a high polish for contrast. The blade is flat ground and razor sharp. The top clip stops just short of being fully sharpened. Jean's touchmark is on the left side of the blade.
The handle is curly sneezewood (Psideroxylum obliquum), secured to the tang using a hand domed pin. This South African wood has beautiful grain structure and has a chatoyancy much like the tiger's eye gem stone. It grows in thick stands in Valley Bushveldt. A large textured and bronze-anodized titanium spacer is surrounded by smaller fileworked spacers. The handle is finished with a perfectly fit polished 303 stainless steel guard. This bowie feels great in the hand and has exceptional balance.
To keep the knife close at hand, a hand stitched tooled leather custom sheath is included.
Excellent work throughout!

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