Damascus Scimitar (10-1/4 in) with Walrus Artifact

Product Description for Damascus Scimitar (10-1/4 in) with Walrus Artifact

Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 96871
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 10.25 in.
Cutting edge length: 10.25 in.
Total length: 15.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.65 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.02 in.
Item weight: 10.00 oz.
Blade: Lava Stream pattern damascus blade forged to shape from 15N20 and 1080 carbon steels
Bolster: 416 stainless steel with a silicon bronze spacer
Handle: Ancient walrus ivory artifact
Description: Mastersmith Bill Burke's chef's knives are among the highest performing cutlery found anywhere. His heat treatment technique, combined with his choice of steels, results in edge holding that is far beyond other knives. This is a knife that you won't want to put down.
The scimitar is a time-proven design, optimized for butchery that includes cutting steaks from large pieces of hanging meat. This is also the preferred knife for filleting large saltwater fish such as salmon. Similar pieces are often used on sport fishing boats and by employees of commercial fisheries (though perhaps not of this quality!). The blade is 10-1/4 inches in length and measures 1-2/3 inches at the widest point. The main function of the curved tip is to give clearance and stop the point from getting caught in whatever is being cut.
Like his hunting knives, this large scimitar was pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly. The damascus blade is Burke's Lava Stream pattern damascus -- a modification of his River of Fire pattern.
The bolster is formed from 416 stainless steel and has a silicon bronze spacer surrounded by thinner black fiber spacers. These help the handle adjust to temperature and humidity changes.
The handle is formed from an ancient walrus ivory artifact. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Inuit used ancient walrus ivory for many daily uses, due to its incredible natural strength and durability. This section of ivory was a fishing weight. The hole at the end of the handle was used to tie the fishing net to the ivory. The ivory features much of its natural texture. Caramel tones are combined with lighter tapioca from the interior of the tusk.
This is a truly exceptional scimitar. Despite the large blade, a distal taper ensures a perfect balance. It will be a joy to use, though it would certainly be at home in any collection.

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