Teardrop Hunter

This is an early knife, made in 2002 as a new Journeyman Smith.  The Teardrop hunter went on to become a knife I made quite often over the years in slightly different variations, but always with the same basic theme.

Blade is forged from 52100 and hand-finished.  The bolsters are Damascus, and the handle scales are oosic.  Both the bolsters and the oosic scales are attached with blind pins - spring pins that pass through the tang and into the material from the underside without breaching the surface.

The prop under the knife is a walrus jawbone.  I used it in this capacity for years until I used it to make the handle of my Mastersmith dagger in 2004.

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