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Borneo Wilderness

Mat Maresch

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Hello fellow bladesmiths and friends of the cutting edges!


It´s been ages since I posted something here -

but since the inspiration to this piece has been drawn from this board, I thought it were just fair to show it to you.


Borneo Wilderness

Made from spring steel, blade is approx. 20 inches

Handle bog-oak wrapped with rattan approx 12 inches long

Sheath is bog-oak with rattan, too



Uli Hennicke for heat treat ( my oven is to small)

Daniel Schenk for wrapping the handle


DON FOGG / JIMMY FIKES for inspiration - I´ve seen JD Smiths Jungle Honey and had to build something like this.

Thanks a lot, Sirs.


Enjoy the pics, as I enjoyed the testing of this blade :)










Knifemaker, Germany

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-wow- I really like this piece! very impressive. I really like the handle wrapping, I might have to try that one day.

Alba Ghu Bra


Brent LaCroix

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Dude, this thing is sick! Inspirational.

- the Student

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That is elegant and intimidating at the same time!


I really like the overall presentation.


Well done.




"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt


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Very very nice.

My life is like shaving with a razor sharp machete. It's a bit awkward and I feel a sting every now and then, but in the end I'm happy with the results.

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Outstanding work, I really like your style. post more in future.

"One who is samurai must before all things" Keep constantly in mind, by day and by night. the fact that he has to die...


-Dai Doji Yuzon-

16th Century



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I totally dig the blade shape. I like the handle wrap too, but the handle itself seems a little thin for a really good grip.

So above and beyond I imagine, drawn beyond the lines of reason. Push the envelope, watch it bend.

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beautiful work, I love the details on the grip wrap.

Ben Potter Bladesmith



It's not that I would trade my lot

Or any other man's,

Nor that I will be ashamed

Of my work torn hands-


For I have chosen the path I tread

Knowing it would be steep,

And I will take the joys thereof

And the consequences reap.

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Ohh, that's really nice Matt. It literally wants you to pick it up, great blade shape and the bog oak and rattan make a very nice combo for the hilt!

Guy Thomas

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