Custom Handmade copper-scale san-mai Cleaver Hunting Knife

Custom Handmade copper-scale san-mai Cleaver Hunting Knife

238.00

Custom handmade San-Mai hunting cleaver with leather sheath and copper scale.

The san mai is made with 1095 sandwiched between nickel sheet and 01 tool steel. The pieces are sanded smooth, de greased and tack welded together, then heated to near 1300 degrees c, fluxed and carefully hammered together. This process is repeated 4-5 times before the mild steel from the tack welds is ground out and all the welds are checked round the edge. The billet is forged to the right width and thickness, and the tang is drawn out and shaped. Then the copper is added to the scale to give the beautiful orangy red shines in the rough surface at the top of the blade. After annealing, the bevel is rough ground and then the blade is heat treated. After heat treat the blade is thinned, refined and polished. The blade is etched to reveal the pattern. The handle is made by splitting a piece of exotic ebony and bog oak to make a matching set of scales, the pieces are then thinned in the mill to the create the space for the tang to fit, and then sanded to shape. They are then glued together, hand sanded up to 1000 grit and buffed. Stainless pins are made from round tube, turned to the right diameter and mirror polished. the blade and handle is then put togethe, waxed, buffed and oiled before the blade is sharpened ready for use.

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