Blued-Ferrule Dirk

Product Description for Blued-Ferrule Dirk

Maker: Jon Christensen, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 2472
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 9.38 in.
Total length: 14.38 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.34 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.19 in.
Item weight: 11.76 oz.
Blade: 5160 carbon steel with a hand rubbed satin finish
Bolster: Nitre blued Damascus fittings
Handle: Fossil walrus ivory
Style: Journeyman Smith Test Knife -- Winner of the George Peck Award
Description: Journeyman smith Jon Christensen has a tremendous eye for design. As such, it is not such a surprise that he would win the George Peck Award at the 2003 Blade Show with this knife -- if the award were not the height of a journeyman smith's career and competition had not been so great. The George Peck award is named for the late Mr. Peck who was a founding member of the Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation and an avid supporter of the ABS school in Washington AR. This award is given to the Best Journeyman Smith of the Year and to the knife that is deemed as their best work. The judging is done during the review of the Journeyman Smiths knives for their JS rating.
Coming back from the Blade show with journeyman smith test knives is one of my great highlights of the year. Five knives are made by each applicant that are the height of their work. These knives were judged by ABS Mastersmiths on fit and finish, as well as general artistry. The standards are exacting. This dirk was one of the five knives that John selected as the best of his work for judging by the masters.
Throughout, the fit, finish and balance are exceptional. Beyond this, however, this dirk shows a sense of design rarely found in work created by mastersmiths.
The 5160 carbon steel blade has been meticulously hand satin finished and features an appleseed grind, preferred by many bladesmiths as the best edge for performance. A Spanish notch graces the blade.
the handle features Damascus fittings that have been nitre blued to a bronze with hint of purple. Silver lines of pure silver move through the canvas. These surround fossil walrus ivory that has tremendous texture and is caramel toned.
It is no surprise that this knife won such a prestigious award as the George Peck award.

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