Basketweave Folder with Ancient Walrus Ivory
Product Description for Basketweave Folder with Ancient Walrus Ivory
Maker: Billy Bob Sowell, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 98291
Blade length: 2.50 in.
Cutting edge length: 2.40 in.
Total length: 6.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.66 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.08 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.07 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.02 in.
Item weight: 2.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 3.6 oz.
Blade: Hand forged basketweave mosaic damascus forged from 1084 and 15N20 carbon steels
Bolster: Matching mosaic damascus
Handle: Textured ancient walrus ivory
Style: Folding liner lock
Description: Billy Bob Sowell of Iron Horse Forge, earned his Master Smith stamp in 2009 and currently lives in Georgia. He worked as a locomotive engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad for 39 years and before that was a Poseidon missile tech on a nuclear submarine. Since childhood, knives were a fascination of his.
Billy Bob learned from some of the best in the industry. Mastersmith Rick Dunkerley taught him to make damascus and folders. Rick's influence is clearly visible in this elegant gent's folder. Mastersmith Jim Batson taught him to make Bowies. Mastersmith Don Fogg taught him just about everything else … from heat treating to finishing. He even took Fogg’s sword class at Campbell Folk School and went to about every hammer-in that he could over the years, learning from countless presenters who helped him along the way.
Billy Bob won the award for “Best Antique Bowie by an ABS Journeyman Smith” three years in a row – making him the only maker to have won three times.
This folder features a drop point blade forged from Billy Bob's own mosaic damascus. The basketweave pattern damascus shows tremendous control at the forge. He introduces virtually no distortion in the complex pattern. The blade has silky-smooth action and is perfectly centered. It is easily opened single handed using the faceted ruby thumb stud.
Ancient walrus ivory scales are dovetailed to mosaic damascus bolsters for a perfect fit. The scales are nicely carved and textured. 15N20 carbon steel liners are heat blued and textured. The liners surround a twisted Ws pattern damascus backbar. Screws throughout are heat blued and hand fileworked.
Exceptional work throughout!
Availability: In stock. Usually ships in 1-2 business days