Musk Ox Utility
Product Description for Musk Ox Utility
Maker: Bill Burke, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 87840
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 2.60 in.
Total length: 6.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.65 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Item weight: 1.68 oz.
Blade: Hon warikomi blade combining a 52100 carbon steel core with 416 stainless steel sides
Bolster: 416 stainless steel
Handle: Musk ox scales set on a distal tapered tang
Description: Bill Burke, who was honored as a Master Smith June 2008, is best known for creating some of the best hunting knives that can be found anywhere. This utility knife is equally suited to use in the field as a bird and trout knife, a small hunter, or a detail knife in the kitchen.
The blade was hand forged in a technique known in Japan as hon warikomi. This modification of san mai (three layers) forges stainless steel to the sides of a carbon steel blade. The result is the exceptional edge holding of carbon steel with significantly easier care. The transition line between stainless steel and carbon steel is exceptionally dramatic.
This knife was pre-tested for edge flex and cutting ability before assembly. The heat treatment followed the formulas developed by Mastersmith Ed Fowler in conjunction with Bill and has been proven to create some of the sharpest and most long lasting edges found anywhere.
Rare musk ox horn scales are set on the distal tapered tang. Red fiber spacers assist the handle to adjust to temperature and humidity changes. The knife has perfect balance and feels exceptional in the hand.
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