Thuya Burl Hunting Sword

Product Description for Thuya Burl Hunting Sword

Maker: Raymond Richard (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 91917
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 14.50 in.
Total length: 19.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.50 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Item weight: 14.75 oz.
Shipment weight: 17.85 oz.
Blade: Hand forged blade formed from a 70-100 year old lumber mill saw blade
Bolster: Wrought iron
Handle: Presentation grade thuya burl
Sheath: Custom made, wet formed leather sheath
Description: Raymond Richard's designs have an enduring grace about them that comes from a family heritage of knifemaking and a desire to create pieces completely unique unto themselves. This hunting sword combines a clean, intelligent design with the aged intent of repurposed materials. The result is a piece with a sense of timelessness that will be passed on through generations. Hunting swords were common throughout Europe in the 17th-18th centuries. They were frequently carried by huntsmen of the royal courts. Because they were so very favored, these hunting swords were often worn as a protective weapon in everyday wear.
The steel used for the blade was recovered from a 70-100 year old saw blade recovered from a lumber mill. This type of steel was developed to withstand the heavy stresses of lumber mills. The long blade has a lithe swedge that follows along the spine. This pulls the weight out of the blade and creates an aggressive point.
The S-guard, spacer and end cap are forged from recovered wrought iron. Ray has textured and antiqued the blade and guard to accentuate its timeless appearance.
The handle is shaped from presentation grade stabilized thuya burl. It fills the hand comfortably with a swell towards the pommel that will ensure a steadfast grip. Tones of umber and chocolate move through tight curls in the figured wood. The knife is accompanied by a custom sheath wet formed from two ply cowhide.
Quite a spectacular piece from bladesmith Ray Richards -- excellent fit and finish throughout.

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