This is a collage of the TNZ USA Damascus Fixed Blade Hunting Knife model EHK 426, with photos and description of this knife.
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- Overall: 9.00 in (22.86 cm)
- Weight: not measured
- Blade Length: 4.75 in (12.06 cm)
- Width: 1.26 in (3.2 cm)
- Thickness: 4.0 mm
- Material: 1095 and 15N20 High Carbon Steels
- Pattern: True 512-Layer Ladder (8 folds)
- Blade HRC: 59
- Finish: Natural Damascus
- Grind: Hollow
- Style: Bowie
- Edge: Plain
HANDLE AND SHEATH:
- Material: Buffalo Horn
- Handle Length: 4.25 in (10.80 cm)
- Bolster: Damascus Steel
- Sheath: Hand-stitched Leather
Similar to the TNZ USA Damascus Fixed Blade Tanto model THK 366 reviewed here earlier, this is another version also by TNZ USA with a blade resembling a Bowie but with a straight swedge. The method of construction for this knife is almost entirely the same for the other knife, and info on this is provided on that page. Briefly, the Damascus blade is created by forge-welding multiple layers of 1095 and 15N20 high carbon tool steels into a solid billet block, and then folded and re-welded several times to produce the alternating layers of dark- and light-coloured patterns seen on the blade. This contrast is brought about by dipping the blade in an acid solution, and the hard and soft steels react differently to produce this unique alternating light and dark ladder pattern.
Other than the design of the blade, the other main difference between the two knives is that the handle for this hunting knife is made of natural buffalo horn, which is a dark colour that is in contrast to the other knife in off-white camel bone. Like the other knife, the handle for this knife is also fitted with mosaic pins.
I appreciate Damascus steel blades for its one-of-a-kind-ness, as the pattern for such blades will turn out to be unique for every individual knife after grinding and etching, almost serving as a fingerprint for each and every blade. Like how two ice crystals are never the same, no two Damascus blades are ever exactly the same too. To the same effect, the natural flaws in the buffalo horn handle such as the discolouration in hue also serves to enhance the allure of such natural material, giving the knife its own distinctive identity.
Purchased on 25 February 2015, the TNZ USA Damascus Fixed Blade Hunting Knife model EHK 426 cost US$45.00 delivered. Please see the links at the bottom of this page for other Damascus knives in my collection.