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Knife #6: Lion Killer... a FAL Files Special

Tuhlmann

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Here is a very cool story of South African game warden Harry Wolhuter and his run in with two lions that inspired the project I just completed:


The dimensions follow the original Mr. Wolhuter's original Lion Killer knife that he was carrying that day. This knife was a great piece to practice full flat grind technique on a longer blade. I'm happy with how it turned out, so in considering the handle materials I thought I'd mix some SA sauce with some FAL sauce and make segmented scales using African Blackwood bolsters and Israeli Beech pieces leftover from the 2022 KY FAL Match tribute knife. I torch-treated the pommel end of the Beech for aesthetics only, and separated the wood with red vulcanized fibre spacers. The hand-crafted leather sheath is not a copy of the original, but the hand stitching and copper tube rivets do give a nod to traditional craftmanship. It's not perfect, but I really like the way it turned out and think it looks like something a gentleman-hunter of that time period would carry.

- 80CrV2 high carbon steel @ 58 HRC (+/-2)
- 10.25" OAL - 4.75" handle, 5.5" cutting edge w/20dps sharpened angle
- Israeli FAL stock Beech (flame treated), African Blackwood bolster, vulcanized fibre spacer, brass & brass-lined copper pins. Tru-Oil finish.
- Custom leather sheath, hand-stitched w/copper tube rivets

*This knife & sheath is offered exclusively for my FAL Files brothers. I'm humbled by the encouragement and interest you all have given me when I share my work on here, and I'd like to offer one that I made "just because I wanted to" and could connect it to a little history that many of us on here are attracted to. I am listing this as auction in the MP to give everyone that may want it an honest crack at getting it. Bidding will start at $1.00, and will stay open until 7:00 PM CST on 1/28/2023:




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V guy

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When stabbing, a hilt keeps your hand from sliding up the knifes blade and cutting your fingers, even when chopping.

I am sure a lion would be safe, if Harry's knife was in my hands. Harry likely had no other options at the time. Great history however!!
 
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