Integral Utility Knife with Ebony and Stacked Leather

Product Description for Integral Utility Knife with Ebony and Stacked Leather

Maker: Jean Wilke (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $425.00
Item num: 109179
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 4.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 4.75 in.
Total length: 9.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.37 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.18 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.03 in.
Item weight: 5.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 12.2 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 5160 carbon steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Bolster: Integral 5160 carbon steel
Handle: Ebony with stacked leather
Sheath: Hand stitched leather custom sheath
Description: Jean Wilke 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 a young maker with such tremendous talent.
The blade is hand forged from 5160 carbon steel round bar and features a meticulous hand rubbed satin finish. 5160 provides maximum resistance to breakage and chipping and is a perfect steel choice for a hard use knife. The blade is distal tapered and feels exceptional in the hand. The spine and choil are nicely rounded for comfort. Jean's mark is on the left side of the blade.
The satin finished blade moves into an integral polished bolster. While common in production knives, integral bolsters are extremely difficult to create in a custom setting. This construction method provides better durability and forces the balance of the knife toward the center.
The handle is jet black ebony wood. Stacked leather spacers at the front of the handle assist the knife to adjust to temperature and humidity changes. The contoured handle feels exceptional and fills your hand nicely.
To keep the knife close at hand, a hand stitched black leather custom sheath is included.
Exceptional work throughout!

Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days