Bowie with Mesquite Burl
Journeyman Smith Test Knife

Product Description for Bowie with Mesquite Burl
Journeyman Smith Test Knife

Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 89463
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 9.10 in.
Total length: 13.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.50 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Item weight: 9.50 oz.
Blade: Hand forged, clay tempered 52100 carbon steel
Bolster: Titanium guard and frame
Handle: Mesquite burl
Description: Among the most collectible knives of a maker's career are the knives submitted to become a journeyman smith and Mastersmith. When a bladesmith tests to become a journeyman, they must first complete a performance test. The apprentice forges a knife to shape from carbon steel. This knife is then put through some of the most difficult tests, showing the bladesmith's skill at forging and heat treating. First, the knife must cut through a 1" thick section of free hanging hemp rope. Next, a 2x4 is cut in half -- twice. Then, showing that the knife has not been dulled by the arduous cutting task, the knife must still shave hair. Finally, The knife is put into a vice and bent to 90 degrees. Having passed through this performance test, the bladesmith makes 5 knives that are judged on fit, finish, and artistry. Typically, the bladesmith spends many more hours than on their typical knives, as these will be judged for any slight flaws. This bowie is one of the five knives that Michael submitted for testing when he become a journeyman on June 16th, 2006. His skill and artistry are clearly visible.
This Full-Tang Bowie was forged to shape from 52100 carbon steel and clay tempered using the traditional Japanese technique. Many knifemakers and collectors feel 52100 is among the best, if not the highest performance steel used in modern knives. A gently undulating line along the blade (known as a gunome hamon) shows the transition between the soft, supportive spine, and the hard, keen cutting edge. The recurve blade shape is inspired by Nepalese khukri and results in a very aggressive cutting edge. Stabilized mesquite burl scales are set on a distal tapered full tang. Alternating red and black fiber spacers assist the handle to adjust to temperature and humidity changes. The guard and frame are formed from titanium.
Exceptional work throughout! A VERY rare find!

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