Scott has begun finishing the knives he made at his ABS class last month. The Buta II, a lightweight skinner, was the first to be completed. Buta is Japanese for pig. The Buta II is a hand-forged skinner cord wrapped in the Japanese style. This knife is reminiscent of our retired Buta design, but is much beefier, curvier and comes with our hammer-marked "rustic" finish. The Buta II was designed to be a skinner, but would also make an excellent everyday cary. This Buta II comes standard with a black Kydex sheath and weighs 8.1 ounces - sheath included. This knife is also a natural candidate for a GHF Kydex shoulder holster. Add the shoulder holster rig to your purchase for an additional $65.
Steel: Hand-forged 1084 Handle: Hardened cord-wrapped Finish: "Rustic" (hammer marked and belt sanded to 65 microns) Overall Length: 7 3/4inches Blade Length: 3 1/4 inches Weight: 5.2 ounces; 8.1 ounces with Kydex sheath Sheath: Kydex (black or green) Price: $250
This Buta II was forged out of 1084 tool steel. Scott is currently working on version forged out of 5160.
Scott just returned from a 2-week bladesmithing class at Haywood Community College in Clyde, NC with ABS Master Bladesmiths Jason Knight and Burt Foster. He had a great time, learned a ton, managed to bang out several knives and is now a year closer to becoming an ABS Journeyman bladesmith. Some of the knives were destroyed during class to examine grain structure and test for evidence of proper heat treating. Below are the knives that Scott will be finishing in the coming weeks. If you see any that you might be interested in, email us to discuss handle, finish options and pricing.
The fire marshall shut down the school's gas fired forges the week before the class so the students worked over coal.
ABS Journeyman and aspiring mastersmith Adam DesRosiers demonstrated his talents at the forge during the class.
ABS Master Jason Knight fell in love with Scott's "Bushman" knife and new shoulder holster rig. Jason went home with new toys stamped Guinea Hog Forge, which made Scott feel really proud. Below Jason demonstrates the quick draw technique.