Utility Knife with Stag and Stacked Leather

Product Description for Utility Knife with Stag and Stacked Leather

Maker: Aaron Wilburn, M.S. (Wilburn Forge) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 98958
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.80 in.
Cutting edge length: 3.25 in.
Total length: 8.40 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.90 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.14 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 5.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 8.2 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 52100 carbon steel
Bolster: Antiqued wrought iron
Handle: Stacked handle combining leather, mammoth ivory, and sambar stag
Sheath: Hand tooled pouch style leather sheath
Description: This Utility Knife shows Mastersmith Aaron Wilburn's work at its best. An elegant refinement of design is brought into a hard-working, field-use knife. The fit and finish, as well as skill at design shown in this hunter are exceptional!
The blade was forged to shape from 52100 carbon steel. Many makers and collectors feel that this is the best steel available anywhere for use as a knife blade. The blade was differentially heat treated, bringing the edge to critical temperature then quenched with oil. This technique, involving low temperature forging, a multiple quench and multiple temper creates some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere. Many thermal cycles and normalizing steps ensure consistent grain structure and exceptional durability. A cryogenic treatment between tempers enhances the edge holding ability. A forge finish remains on the flats -- showing Aaron's skill at the forge as he created this piece by forging very closely to shape. The differential heat treatment results in a blade with a soft, supportive spine while still maintaining a keen edge. Clear differential heat treatment lines are dramatically visible moving through the blade.
The stacked handle is influenced by knives by early American makers such as Scagel. A central section of stacked leather is surrounded by is ancient mammoth ivory and sambar stag. The handle is nicely shaped to fit comfortably in the hand -- it feels so natural, you’ll have a hard time putting it down.
A custom fit, hand tooled Wickett & Craig leather sheath accompanies the knife. A serious knife for the avid hunter or collector - excellent fit and finish throughout!

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