Pronghorn Camp Knife (9 in)

Product Description for Pronghorn Camp Knife (9 in)

Maker: Ed Fowler, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 87373
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 9.00 in.
Total length: 14.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.40 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.28 in.
Item weight: 15.75 oz.
Shipment weight: 24.5 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 52100 carbon steel with a low temp triple quench and triple temper for high performance edge retention
Bolster: Brass
Handle: Sheep horn
Sheath: 14 oz waxed harness leather sheath
Description: Ed's knives are the hallmark of a perfected high performance blade and this is an exceptional example of his work. This is one of the first 52100 camp knives that Ed made. On the left side of the blade is Ed's mark, oriented with the top toward the bolster. Just below Ed's mark is a 'B'. This signifies that it was made from a 52100 ball bearing. This mark was used on very few of Ed's knives. This bowie was well cared for in a private collection and was recently lightly polished to bring it back to new condition.
The blade was forged at low temperature from 52100 carbon steel. This is a high carbon, high chrome steel in a very pure form and results in a knife steel that is as good as it gets. The blade was forged from a 52100 ball bearing, resulting in a very high reduction ratio. It was subjected to over 50 low temperature thermal cycles, which requires a lot of hand hammer work. The numerous thermal cycles and high degree of reduction by forging has produced a blade that manifests fine grain and a microstructure known as banding, a property of steel that results in high tensile strength and low resistance to compression. The result is a blade that you can count on through tough use.
The blade was hardened three times in 24 hour intervals, then tempered three times -- again, in 24 hour intervals. These hardening and tempering methods were carefully developed for 52100 carbon steel, resulting in a blade that is easy to sharpen, yet holds an edge better than any I have tested.
The large sheep horn handle fits comfortably into the hand. The horn was harvested by Ed from a Rambouillet buck sheep, processed, and aged for 7 years to result in a very stable handle. When wet, sheep horn does not become slippery, and it is amazingly durable. The spacer is created by taking two sheep horn end cuts and aligning them outward, producing a very pleasing effect. The brass guard features Ed's Willow Bow engraving. Excellent fit and finish throughout.

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