Forged Honyaki Bowie with African Blackwood and Redwood Burl

Product Description for Forged Honyaki Bowie with African Blackwood and Redwood Burl

Maker: John Doyle (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,850.00
Item num: 110415
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 8.75 in.
Cutting edge length: 8.25 in.
Total length: 13.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.44 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.23 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.18 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.05 in.
Item weight: 9.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 19 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 1075 carbon steel with Japanese clay zone heat treatment
Bolster: Fileworked black G-10 fittings
Handle: African blackwood with redwood burl inlays
Sheath: Tooled leather made by Claude Scott
Description: John Doyle is a knifemaker/bladesmith living in Northern Lower Michigan with his wife Jennifer and their children. John grew up in the forests of Michigan where hunting and fishing were a large part of his life. Knives are a very important part of that lifestyle and he quickly learned the value of having a good knife. The passion took hold and grew and at the age of 12, he knew he wanted to make a knife someday. In late 2009, living in Montana and being laid off from his construction job, he decided to get serious about knifemaking and started looking around for how to get started. Ultimately, it led him to Tom McGinnis of Ozark Knifemakers in Ozark Missouri. John took a class from Tom and got a good foundation of fundamental skills to build on. He's been making knives ever since! Today he is a Journeyman smith with the American Blade Society. This Bowie is brand new from John at the 2024 Texas Blade Show.
The 8-3/4 inch clip point blade is hand forged 1075 carbon steel. John borrowed a technique from Japanese swords and gave the blade a clay zone heat treatment. The line (called a hamon) that travels along the blade shows the transition between the softer, resilient spine and the keen, long lasting cutting edge. John's touchmark is on the left side of the blade. Because the blade is forged from carbon steel, we recommend using camellia oil to oil the blade and wood handle.
The handle is jet black African blackwood, inlaid perfectly with high contrast redwood burl inlays. African blackwood (Dalbergia melanoxylon) is among the most dense, durable woods in the world and is highly prized for its jet black appearance. The handle is sculpted to provide a comfortable, non-slip grip. The handle is finished with fileworked black G-10 fittings.
To keep the knife close at hand, a stunning hand tooled leather custom sheath made by Claude Scott of Trout Creek, Montana is included.
Excellent work throughout!

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