Box Elder and Koa Utility
Mastersmith Test Knife

Product Description for Box Elder and Koa Utility
Mastersmith Test Knife

Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 88071
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.40 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.17 in.
Item weight: 3.75 oz.
Shipment weight: 5.7 oz.
Blade: Hand forged, satin finished 52100 carbon steel
Bolster: Bronze, 416 stainless steel and G10
Handle: Stabilized box elder burl with koa wood accents
Description: Coming back from the Blade Show with mastersmith test knives is one of my great highlights of the year. In 2010, two new mastersmiths joined the ranks. Five knives were made by each applicant -- 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. Michael Rader's Box Elder and Koa Utility is one of the knives that he chose to represent his work in this prestigious test.
This utility knife was hand forged from 52100 carbon steel. 52100 is considered by many knifemakers and collectors to be among the best -- if not the best -- carbon steels for edge holding. A hand rubbed satin finish lends an heirloom quality.
The bolster combines bronze and 416 stainless steel. Both were hand satin finished. A thin black fiber spacer assists that handle to adjust to temperature and humidity changes. The handle is formed from exhibition grade box elder burl with curly koa with accents. The woods are meticulously combined with the seams beyond perception. By using stabilized woods, Michael is able to combine the beauty of natural wood with durability. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand. Exceptional work throughout.
The knife is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Michael noting it to be among his Mastersmith Test Knives.

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