Product Description for Scandinavian Hunter
Maker: Mark Banfield (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 88411
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.50 in.
Total length: 9.40 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.00 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Item weight: 4.70 oz.
Shipment weight: 7 oz.
Blade: Hand finished file steel with a differential clay temper line (hamon)
Bolster: Moose antler
Handle: Moose antler and African blackwood
Sheath: Hand tooled 9oz leather with a belt loop
Description: Canadian bladesmith Mark Banfield has a stunning design aesthetic, and his skill is more than equal to the task! This Scandinavian Hunter is an excellent example of Mark's work.
Mark began this piece by forging the blade from 1080 carbon steel which he reclaimed from a worn out file. The blade was heat treated using a traditional Japanese technique whereby the center of the blade was coated in clay, resulting in a soft, supportive central line spine with an ultra-hard edge and spine. The resulting heat treatment line is called a gunome hamon, and Mark's treatment has a consistently lovely undulation. The hamon travels around the blade from the base of the ricasso, to the point, and has a turnback allowing the fully sharpened clip to also maintain an exceptional edge. The blade was painstakingly brought to a 400 grit hand satin finish.
The handle is formed from African Blackwood, with a bolster and pommel formed from moose antler. The moose antler pommel also features an inset black onyx stone, which coordinates with the blackwood well. The materials are flawlessly joined - when you trace over the carving with a fingertip, the transition is barely discernable. The handle is lovely to look at and delightful to hold! Mark incorporates ambidextrous finger grooves into his carved design, ensuring a steady, comfortable grip. This is furthered by the handle's comfortable swell into your palm. Exceptional work throughout!
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