Western Black Pronghorn (4 1/2 in)
Product Description for Western Black Pronghorn (4 1/2 in)
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 86813
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.50 in.
Total length: 9.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.06 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.19 in.
Item weight: 7.04 oz.
Shipment weight: 10.64 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 52100 carbon steel with a low temp triple quench and triple temper for high performance edge retention
Bolster: Stainless steel with G10 spacers
Handle: Black sheep horn
Sheath: Hand tooled and hand sewn western style leather sheath by renowned leather worker Jack Sept
Description: Perhaps most desired of Master Smith Bill Burke's knives are his black sheep horn hunters. Black sheep horn is extremely hard to find -- especially of this quality. The deep black handle has lighter highlights and tremendous interest.
Bill's knives are as high performance as a hunter can get -- the sort of knife that if you were stuck out in the woods or on a desert island and only had one tool, this would be it. Each knife is pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly. The heat treatment is a highly detailed process that was developed between Mastersmith Ed Fowler and Bill Burke after years of trial and experimentation. This technique, involving low temperature forging, triple quenching and triple tempering creates some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere. A differential heat treatment results in a blade with a soft, supportive spine and a keen, long lasting edge. Bill's mark is on the left side of the blade. The blade measures just over 4 1/2 inches.
The handle combines black sheep horn with a large stainless steel guard. The guard protects your fingers from moving onto the blade's edge and brings the weight to the center of the knife. The alternating silver and black guard is a nice compliment to the striped black handle. When wet, sheep horn does not become slippery, and it is amazingly durable. A spacer is created by taking two sheep horn end cuts and aligning them outward, producing a very pleasing effect.
The knife is accompanied by a sheath made by renowned leather worker Jack Sept. Jack, who is best known for his award winning western saddles, agreed to make this western style sheath to match Bill's Black Pronghorn. The combination of these two master's work is exceptional.
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