I've always been drawn to big, big knives. Not swords - those don't do much for me, but I find Bowie knives, in particular, hard to pass up. This probably comes from my Boy Scout days when there was always a competition to have the biggest knife in the camp. I had a very nice leather handled K-Bar knife that seemed bigger to me than it really ever was. I always lost to those who had paper-route money and would buy large, though flimsy, Bowie knives. I have fashioned a number of Bowie style and tactical knives.
This impressive 9cr14 stainless steel knife has been hand-ground and has a custom full-tang handle with a bright, smooth finish. The blade is thick and can withstand the cold or the heat.The blade features one very sharp cutting edge and one dull false edge on top beveled toward the tip. There is also some nice file work on the top. The handle material is orange and black G-10 for a firm grip and great color. I am so confident in the grip on G-10, that I placed grooves on the top of the handle and not the bottom. This is a show piece of a knife.The blade is long, but it is also entirely manageable as a camp knife and feels great on the hip.
And while the blade is reasonably thin, it sports a Rockwell hardness of approx 55-60! Beautiful knife that commands some serious respect.
This knife is a one-off. That means I will not make another like it. The leather sheath is hand made by me.
Now, a bit about my knives. I do not forge my knives. I have neither the space, ventilation or, most importantly, desire to pound metal - especially high quality stainless steel. I purchase only high quality 440C and 9 cr14 high-carbon stainless steel blanks that have been hardened and tested to at least 57 on the Rockwell hardness scale. These steels can withstand extreme cold and heat and not fail. The blanks come from a source trusted and respected by knife makers world-wide.
I buy the blanks roughly shaped and I do the finish work, bevels, grinds, file-work, polishing etc. Handle material is often hand cast by myself using a wide variety of materials. Because I do not do the forging, I can pass significant savings to customers, whether they be hunters or cooks or collectors.
My sheaths are hand made here at Kearney Kobz. Each is tailored to the knife it is paired with. No 'one size fits all' nylon sheaths here. Leather. Kydex is cheaper and easier, but leather is just plain sexier! I make functional sheaths to hold the knife firmly and safely. They are not works of art.
I often offer knives without a sheath at a significant savings, but this is only until I can get a sheath made. Once the sheath is made, it adds about 40% to the cost and since it is a one time sheath for a one-time knife, I only sell the knife with its sheath.