Steve Dunn M.S. Damascus Bowie, Mammoth Scales, 24K Gold Engraving (SOLD)

Steve Dunn M.S. Damascus Bowie, Mammoth Scales, 24K Gold Engraving (SOLD)

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Steve Dunn began making knives as a hobby in 1988 and in 1990 enrolled in the basic forging class at the ABS school in Washington, Arkansas, where he started forging his own Damascus.  By 1994 he had reached the level of Master Bladesmith in the American Bladesmith Society and began teaching at the ABS knife-making school.  In 2003 he was selected to serve on the ABS Board of Directors.  And in June 2019 Steve became the President of the ABS.  All of Steve's knives are sole authorship.  In fact, Steve even does his own engraving.  In April 2002, he attended a basic engraving class at the GRS Engraving School in Emporia, Kansas, and is now an instructor at the GRS Engraving School.  Steve is at the top of his game.  His knives are highly sought after by collectors.  And it doesn't hurt that he is a real gentleman and very easy guy to talk to.

This Steve Dunn Damascus Bowie is an outstanding example of his forging and knifemaking skills.  Steve forged the blade from 1084 and 15n20 steels in what I would call a “ladder” pattern.  The top edge has not been sharpened.  He inlaid 24K gold into both his “DUNN” maker’s mark and surrounding banner, as well as his “M.S.” stamp.  He also engraved a nearly 1” section of the spine of the blade near the guard, and inlaid 24K gold into the leaves.  The mortised handle (hidden tang) is constructed from two very well-matched presentation Mammoth scales, held by three large gold pins.  This is some of the nicest fossil material I have seen, veiny with great color and depth.  Steve has expertly engraved a leaf pattern in the 416 stainless steel double guard on both sides, and inlaid 24K gold in it, as well.  There’s a lot of gold in this one!  This knife came to Windy City Knives from the one previous owner, and in excellent condition.  The only note is a small spot near the tip of the blade on the DUNN side.  It appears to be a tiny dimple in the Damascus.  The knife is extremely well-balanced and quick in-hand.  There is no sheath.  It will come with a padded, zippered case.


Condition:  Previously owned. Excellent condition
                    Never used, carried or sharpened

  • Overall length:      12 1/4"
  • Blade length:         7 1/2"
  • Handle length:       4 3/4"