Deval Bushcrafter

The making of #284...

These are the pictures Stuart sent me of the latest knife #284 being made. There are no mass produced and cut blanks here. Everything is cut by hand to the clients specification. Starting from the choice of stabilised giraffe bone scales, down to cutting the blank out of 4mm RWL-34 stock, then grinding the full flat bevel on the blank and polishing the blade and adding the scales - which also get shaped, sanded and polished. I find it incredible that a micron perfect full flat grind can be done freehand without the use of any jigs. Such a skill is amazing. And the finished knife is then sent out with fitted Dugan sheath. The only part not really shown is the quenching and engraving process. The whole thing is far more personal than picking out a nice knife from a shelf. It may be a lot of money, but one knife like this should last a lifetime and keep artisans who make these tools in business for the future. All of Stuart's knives have individual numbers etched onto the blade, as well as the grade of steel. The knives are delivered with a custom padded and zipped case and a correspondingly numbered letter/certificate of authenticity with his own personal guarantee.

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