Damascus Sheephorn Folding Hunter
Product Description for Damascus Sheephorn Folding Hunter
Maker: David Banks, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 2886
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.75 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.40 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Item weight: 7.68 oz.
Shipment weight: 11.92 oz.
Blade: Ladder pattern Damascus forged from 15N20 and 1084 carbon steel
Bolster: Gold anodized titanium for a brass-like appearance, but the lightness of titanium
Handle: Sheep horn
Sheath: Leather belt sheath by Yoyo Leather
Style: Folding liner lock
Description: Journeyman Smith David Banks is a long time friend of Audra Draper. Starting making knives in 1993, he apprenticed under Mastersmith Ed Fowler with Mastersmith Audra Draper (then an apprentice). In fact, he recalled a story to me of when he was working in Ed Fowler's show and Audra came in for the first time. He assisted her in a jewelry project, which eventually got her interested in knifemaking.
This liner lock folder has a large leaf shaped drop point blade which will be exceptional for use out in the field. By using 1084 and 15N20 carbon steels, David has assured that the blade will have long edge holding. A differential heat treatment, shown by the heat treatment line 3/4 of the way of the blade, assures that the knife will have a soft, durable spine whereas the edge will be extremely hard.
The knife was originally designed by Audra Draper and shows the influence of both her work with Ken Onion (the swooping bolster shape) and Ed Fowler (the sheep scales). It is truly a masterpiece that shows off David's work at its best. On the inside of the backbar, David engraved "Banks #1". The inside of the titanium liners have been mirror polished for a dramatic reflective effect. The scales are polished and rounded on the left side, swelling to fit the palm of a right-handed user. The blade has excellent action and is perfectly centered.
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