Birds Eye Tanto
Product Description for Birds Eye Tanto
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 85845
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 8.00 in.
Total length: 12.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.15 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.18 in.
Item weight: 5.92 oz.
Shipment weight: 7.92 oz.
Blade: W2 carbon steel with a traditional clay temper
Bolster: Mokume gane habaki (blade collar) forged from gold and fine silver with a brass spacer
Handle: Alder wood with African blackwood details
Sheath: Alder with African blackwood details
Description: In 2006, Bill Burke has focused on expanding the types of knives that he is known for. Though he continues his love for the Fowler style knife, he also wants to create art knives and other styles with the same high performance edge. During this time, Bill also became increasingly fascinated by Japanese knives and Japanese forging techniques. His continued research led him to create this exceptional tanto.
The carbon steel blade was forged to shape from W2 carbon steel. It was heat treated using traditional Japanese techniques -- by water quenching and clay tempering. This results in a strong a hamon (gently undulating differential heat treatment line) that travels along the blade -- showing the transition between the soft, supportive spine and the ultra-hard, keen edge. A habaki (blade collar) was forged from Bill's own mokume gane and was formed by incorporating gold and fine silver. A satin finished copper spacer separates the blade from the alder and African blackwood handle. The pin is done in a traditional "bird's eye" pattern. Accompanied by matching alder and African blackwood saya (sheath). Exceptional fit and finish throughout!
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