The Rat Tail is our take on a hand-forged classic. Recognized for its simplicity and minimalist design, this blade and wrapped handle are forged from one piece of metal. This particular knife is forged from an old bastard file (definitely one of our favorite materials). Some of the file's toothy surface is left on the blade. A random jimping pattern is created on the knife's spine - as an additional aid for gripping.
The steel has been annealed, forged, hardened, and tempered to give the blade incredible durability as a working tool. The blade has also been force-etched to create a patina on the steel's surface, which helps prevent further corrosion over time.
The knife comes with a custom leather sheath made from the scraps of a horse saddle. The sheath is created from a single piece of leather, which has been riveted together, partially painted with acrylic paint, waxed, and stitched by hand with waxed linen.
Overall Length: ~8″
Blade Length: ~4″
Thickness: roughly 3/16 ″
Steel: High Carbon, 60-65 HRC
Finish: Forge finish/ brushed steel
Blade Depth: roughly 1 1/4″
Grind: Scandi to convex
Weight: ~3.5 oz. (knife only)
**Each "Rat Tail" varies slightly in shape and size due to hand-forging.
Caring for knife:
Keep the knife as dry as possible. Do not soak in water. When finished cutting something wet or washing blade, dry with a soft cloth. Small amounts of mineral oil should occasionally be wiped onto blade.
*Purchase includes knife and leather sheath.