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The lionsknife

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by surfer, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. surfer


    Jan 30, 2003
    In 1904 the Kruger National Park ranger Harry Wolhuter had been attacked by two lions, one chasing after his horse, the other grabbed him at his shoulder, draggin him into the bush.
    Harry stabbed the lion to death with his sheath knife, a butcher type knife by Williams & Smithfield - London".

    I tried to recreate a knife, similar to the original, but with slabs from kudu horn and a thicker blade stock.




    Here the original..

  2. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    Very nice looking work !
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  3. Bmgillum

    Bmgillum Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 8, 2016
    I do like the kudu Horn...is it difficult to work with?...
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  4. Bill Siegle

    Bill Siegle KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 3, 2000
    I remember reading about his story. If I recall correctly he had said he swapped his old knife for the one he had that day without permission ;) He knew where he was headed he would need a better blade than what he had but he lacked the money to buy the knife. Your rendition looks excellent!!!
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  5. surfer


    Jan 30, 2003
    At least this kudu was AWFULL to work with, it splitted, chipped, .. don't know it this is normal, maybe to dry. Don't know how it will stand the test of time.

  6. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I like it and the story
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  7. navman

    navman Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    Love it!...both the story behind the blade and the modern rendition. Well done!!!!
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  8. The Shatz

    The Shatz Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 1, 2017
    Great story reminds me of the old hickory knives good job.
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  9. bwlacey

    bwlacey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Nov 12, 2013
    Well done!!
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  10. Craig Daniel

    Craig Daniel

    Feb 17, 2016
    Very nice rendition!
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  11. Juha Perttula

    Juha Perttula Basic Member Basic Member

    Mar 27, 2013
    Great knife with good story.
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  12. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    cool !!!! great story.
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  13. Grouser1741


    Apr 17, 2018
    You did a great job reproducing that knife. Where in the world do you get kudu horn?
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  14. surfer


    Jan 30, 2003
    Thank you guys!
    I got the kudu horn at mercorne.fr a shop in france (I'm in Spain).
    BUT the horn was very brittle, chipped, etc. Don't know it that's normal with Kudu, maybe it was laying arround for ages.
    This was my first full tang knife, I normally do hidden tang knives (and prefer these ;))

    Anyway, now I know how to deal with kudu..

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  15. PDQ knives

    PDQ knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Oct 10, 2018
    Besides the story, i really like that knife. It's amazingly simple, but i believe that's what makes it so nice.
    Thank for sharing!
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2018
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  16. John A. Larsen

    John A. Larsen

    Jan 15, 2001
    Nice Job on that knife! How long is the blade and the handle? John
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  17. surfer


    Jan 30, 2003
    Hello John,
    the blade is a 15,5cm long, from 5mm 1.2510 / O1 steel, handle 12cm.

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