Large Recurve Fighter with Maple Burl and Walnut

Product Description for Large Recurve Fighter with Maple Burl and Walnut

Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 86812
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 9.75 in.
Total length: 15.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.70 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.22 in.
Item weight: 13.12 oz.
Shipment weight: 19.3 oz.
Blade: Damascus hand forged from 15N20 and 8660 carbon steels
Bolster: Integral damascus with brass and fiber spacers
Handle: Stabilized maple burl with walnut accents
Sheath: Tooled pouch style leather sheath by Michael
Description: Mastersmith Michael Rader has a style all of his own. His work combines an aesthetic drawn from Medieval and Far East influences. This dramatic recurve chopper was made by Michael while he was a Journeyman Smith. It was made late in the winter of 2008. It has been in a single collection since it was first sold by BladeGallery and has been meticulously cared for. It is in mint condition and has never been used to cut.
This integral damascus fighting knife was hand forged to shape from Michael's own damascus. The 100 layer bold random pattern is immediately captivating both from a distance and up close. The recurve shape makes it an exceptional chopper with a swing similar to that of a kukri.
The damascus bolster is integral -- a technique that is very rare in handmade knives due to the difficulty of implementation. Michael has become well known for his mastery of this difficult technique and the resulting knife is extremely durable and dramatic.
The handle is formed from maple burl with walnut accents. The woods are meticulously combined in a complex arch -- with the seams nearly beyond perception. By using stabilized woods, Michael is able to combine the beauty of natural wood with durability. Alternating spacers are formed from brass, burgundy and blue fiber. The spacers assist the knife to adjust to temperature and humidity changes. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand. It is accompanied by a pouch style, hand stitched and tooled leather sheath, also made by Michael. Exceptional work throughout.

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