James Purdey Field Knife - Camel Buffalo Walnut
James Purdey field knives.
This knife has a 3¾" handle and 4½" spearpoint blade, 4 brass rivets with brass guard and a hole for a leather lanyard. The handle is in camel bone, walnut or buffalo horn.
The blade is made from Damascus steel that is known for its strength and retaining sharpness, which is ideal for use in knife making. It is especially noted for the beautiful patterning which is evident on the surface of the blade. In the process to create this unique steel the craftsman takes layers of different metals - alternately hard and soft - and through repeated hammering forges a single billet of metal.
This metal is then repeatedly twisted and manipulated according to the desired design before being given to the knife maker who will then forge the knife.
Only after the knife has been treated and polished does the metal truly reveal the characteristic patterns that recall the lost art of the original makers of Damascus steel.
Comes in bridle leather belt scabbard with James Purdey embossed fastener.
Camel bone has been used for knife handles as an alternative to ivory - the bone is repeatedly boiled and cleaned before polishing ready to be carved and fitted to the blade.
Walnut wood is dense and tight-grained and polishes to a very smooth finish. The colour ranges from creamy white to a dark chocolate colour. The walnut for the handles is exclusive to Purdey as Purdey supplies the genuine off cuts used for making the James Purdey gun stocks.
Buffalo horn is mostly black but can be brown or variegated on the inside - the best horn for cutting are the heavier ones as they have lots of solid material for grips, slabs and carving.
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From left - Buffalo Horn, Camel Bone, Walnut