Bloodwood Skulls
Mastersmith Test Knife

Product Description for Bloodwood Skulls
Mastersmith Test Knife

Maker: Andrew Meers, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 93664
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 6.25 in.
Total length: 10.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.25 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.18 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.12 in.
Item weight: 9.20 oz.
Shipment weight: 13.6 oz.
Blade: Damascus - handforged from 1084 and 15N20 carbon steels
Bolster: Mild steel inlaid with brass rat skulls
Handle: Bloodwood
Sheath: Hand tooled leather sheath
Description: Master Smith Andrew Meers is a talented knifemaker originally from Boston, where he studied under Mastersmith JD Smith. A graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he has been a part-time knifemaker and hopes to go full time. Given his tremendous sense of design and skill of implementation, it seems impossible that he would not succeed! Andrew Meers won the Makers' Choice and Best of Show at the 2015 BladeGallery International Knife Show. This knife is one of the five knives that Andrew submitted when he tested to become a Master Smith in June, 2015. These five knives are generally considered to be the most collectible knives of a maker's career.
The complex damascus blade was forged to shape from 15N20 and 1084 carbon steels. The pattern is particularly clean and is a nice mix of bold and fine details. Both the blade and tang are distal tapered, ensuring a perfect balance. The tang is meticulously hand fileworked and completes in a lanyard loop. The fileworked thumb ramp gives a particularly nice grip.
Richly toned bloodwood scales meet in an elegant curve with textured, antiqued mild steel bolsters. Highly detailed rat skulls were made utilizing chasing and repoussé. Repoussé is a metalworking technique in which a malleable metal is shaped by hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief. Chasing is the opposite technique to repoussé, and the two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece. After creating the complex skulls, they were inlaid into the antiqued, mild steel bolsters.
This is an amazing work of art and tremendously inspiring! Words cannot do this knife justice.

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