John White Damascus "Mastersmith Test Fighter", Fossil Mammoth Scales
John White was named "Best New Maker" at the 2004 Blade Show. He is a graduate of the American Bladesmith Society School at Old Washington, Arkansas, where he studied under Jim Crowell, Roger Massey and Mike Connor. An award-winning professional boat builder and accomplished wood craftsman, John earned his JS stamp in 2004 and his MS stamp in 2007. Sadly, the knife world lost John on October 4, 2014. This highly talented artisan will be deeply missed by many.
This ladder-pattern Damascus gentleman’s Fighter was one of the five Mastersmith test blades submitted by John, earning him his M.S. stamp in 2007. It features a forged blade made from 1084 and 15n20 carbon steels. The hand rubbed blade was hardened over all, tempered at 450 degrees and its back and tang drawn. The handle is exhibition grade fossil Mammoth. The fittings are made from John’s own Damascus and feature file-worked nickel silver. There is a gold insert in the finial.
The knife is in new condition, having recently been acquired from the original owner who purchased it from directly from John in 2007. It has resided in his personal collection - properly stored - until now. It is in virtually mint condition, as though new from the maker. The grinds on the blade are impeccable. John's fit and finish is second to none. It feels perfectly balanced in-hand.
The knife will come in a padded, zippered case. There is no sheath.
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Condition: Previously owned. Mint. Like new
Never used, carried, or sharpened.
- Overall length: 12 1/2"
- Blade length: 7 5/8"
- Handle length: 4 7/8"