Brute de Forge with Redwood Burl
Product Description for Brute de Forge with Redwood Burl
Maker: Aaron Wilburn, M.S. (Wilburn Forge) (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 89022
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.00 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.60 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Item weight: 6.50 oz.
Shipment weight: 10.9 oz.
Blade: Hand forged 52100 carbon steel with a low temp triple quench and double temper for high performance edge retention
Bolster: Integral "Brute de Forge" style
Handle: Stabilized redwood burl set on a distal tapered full tang
Sheath: 9-10 oz. deluxe leather sheath, hand stamped and hand stitched
Description: Aaron Wilburn, who was honored as a ABS Journeyman Smith in June of 2009, creates knives that mean business and this excellent Brute de Forge style hunter is a great example of his work.
After attending a seminar led by Mastersmith Joe Keesler on rasp knives, Aaron was impressed with the ideas presented and the influence continues to show. This knife was forged in the style of an early American rasp knife. In colonial America, coming by quality steel was quite difficult and reusing good steel was required. When a horse rasp wore out, it was quickly ground or forged into a new knife.
Here, Aaron began by forging 52100 carbon steel into the shape of a rasp knife. The integral choil is nicely rounded for an extremely comfortable grip. Many makers and collectors feel that 52100 is the best steel available anywhere for use as a knife blade. The blade was differentially heat treated, bringing the edge to critical temperature then oil quenching three times. Many thermal cycles and normalizing steps assure consistent grain structure. The blade was then tempered at 400 degrees twice, for exceptional durability. A cryogenic treatment between tempers enhances the edge holding ability. Perfect for a tough knife that'll gleefully tackle any cutting task!
Aaron sculpted the handle for optimal comfort, swelling at the palm and toward the rear. Stabilized redwood burl scales have a dark, luxurious grain pattern in rich warm tones. They are set on a full, distal tapered tang, ensuring superlative balance and maneuverability. Black fiber spacers assist the redwood in adjusting to temperature and humidity changes. Three stainless steel pins and a lanyard hole finish the handle. This is a serious field knife for the avid outdoorsman or collector!
The knife is accompanied by a hand stitched pouch style leather sheath. Excellent fit and finish throughout.
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