Damascus Fighting Knife - Mastersmith Test Knife

Product Description for Damascus Fighting Knife - Mastersmith Test Knife

Maker: Bob Kramer, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 97839
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 7.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 6.50 in.
Total length: 12.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.40 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.28 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.23 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.09 in.
Item weight: 11.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 14.2 oz.
Blade: Damascus hand forged from 1084 and 15n20 carbon steels
Bolster: Damascus oval guard
Handle: Contoured Arizona desert ironwood
Sheath: Hand stitched leather sheath
Description: Knives by legendary knifemaker Bob Kramer have become nearly impossible to come by. Certified as a Master Bladesmith by the American Bladesmith Society, Bob Kramer is one of the best known bladesmiths alive today. Cook’s Illustrated once wrote: “The Kramer knife outperformed every knife we’ve ever rated.” Saveur dubbed Bob “The Master of the Blade.” This exquisite fighting knife was made by Kramer for his mastersmith test knife back in 1997. When a journeyman smith tests to become a master smith, five knives are created that will be judged for fit, finish and artistry. The maker often spends many times longer creating these knives than for other knives in their career, realizing that they will be under such scrutiny. These five knives are generally considered to be the most collectible knives of a maker's career. This knife has been meticulously cared for and is in new condition. Bob recently evaluated it for condition, and light cleanup. By all appearances, Bob could have made it yesterday.
The 7-1/2 inch blade was hand forged from 1084 and 15n20 carbon steels, ensuring a keen, long lasting edge. The blade meets seamlessly to the damascus oval guard. The presentation grade Arizona desert ironwood handle is beautifully contoured for a secure, comfortable grip. The dark toned wood incorporates dark red tone and a swirling figure. It is polished to a luster.
The knife is accompanied by a hand stitched leather sheath and a signed letter of provenance from Bob Kramer dated Feb. 5, 2018. In the letter, he notes this this is one of his "five Master smith knives which were submitted and passed". This is a particularly rare opportunity to get one of the most collectible knives from one of the most collectible knifemakers of all time.
Excellent work throughout!

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