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Raymond Richard

Royal Impala

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This knife was a royal pain. First time using a piece of impala horn. The blade was part of another knife I assembled at least 15 years ago. It just didn't look right in the configuration it was in before and there were times I wish I had left it alone. The older I get I find if I take to long a break from knife making the longer it takes me to remember how to do things so most my time was spent relearning what I had forgotten. 

I can't remember what steel was used for the blade but I recall using 1060 or 1065 back about that time. The blade is 7 1/2" and the over all knife is just over 12". The guard is wagon wheel wrought iron and the butt is mild steel. Now to see if I remember how to attach a photo.

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Beautiful! It flows wonderfully. The impala horn looks like it was worth the headache. Crisp hamon as well. 

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I have an order for three of my light hunters with impala horn (it will turn up in a month or two I believe) so I was really interested in seeing what you have done with this one. I had intended to do full tang but your stick tang gives the horn its full visual and handling impact. 

Your interpretation of a horn handled knife is really inspirational.

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Classic Raymond!  It always makes me happy to see you post.  Except when your shop burned down, but otherwise...

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That Impala horn is amazing, I also really like the shape and texture of the guard.

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