2015 CLF Live Auction: Knife by Paul Bigham with Sheath by Steve Helfrich
Paul Bigham has created this handsome knife.The dark finished blade, one piece curly maple handle and dark finished grip cap make a knife with a great deal of style.
Paul hand forged this knife and from 1084 steel and it features a full length tang with a riveted steel grip cap and a steel cross guard. Combined with the dark sheath made by Steve Helfrich this knife exhibits the clean simple design of the best 18th century Frontier pieces. This is the perfect companion for an iron mounted southern gun. And it would go equally well with a fine Virginia or Pennsylvania brass mounted rifle.
With a 7-1/4 inch blade and an 11-1/2" overall length, this is an excellent size for a belt knife. The blade steel will perform with the best of modern custom knives. And this will look a lot better than a Schrade even with your modern hunting gear.
Paul and Steve are first time donors to the CLF fundraising auction this year. They are members of the CLA and proud to support the CLA and its goals. As an occasional knife maker myself, I can say you would do well to remember Paul for your custom knife needs.
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