Handmade D2 Steel Bowie Knife (SB-18-095)
SafiTechs D2 Steel Hunting Bowie (SB-18-095) which is hand crafted and beautifully forged to appeal all eyes. This knife has over 25 hrs of forge work invested into it, including; forging, filing, fitting, grinding, polishing and more polishing. This knife is not just a showpiece, its fully functional and heat-treated to take the impact. Impressive workmanship that will turn heads.
Total Length: 14 inches ( 355.6 mm )
Blade Length: 8” inches ( 203.2 mm )
Handle Length: 6″ inches ( 152.4 mm )
Handle Material: Color Bone, Stag & Bull Horn With Brass
Blade Material: D-2 Steel
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Formulation of D2 steel Bowie knives
- D2 Steel is a World War II product, as per the available information. During the war, it had been using in stamping dies due to its tough nature and wear resistance.
- It belongs to the category of high carbon steels, with 1.4% of carbon in it. D2 steel also contains 11% of chromium, 0.3% of nickel, 1.2 % of molybdenum, 0.6% of magnesium, 1.1% of vanadium and 0.3 % of silicone.
- The Rockwell hardness of D2 tool steel is RC 57-62, with blades typically hardened to the upper range.
- Most of the tool steels are prone to both corrosion and staining. But high chromium content gives it the ability to resist both corrosion and stains.
WHEN TO SHARP YOUR BOWIE KNIVES
- To repair nicks and other mars on a blade’s edge, you need to sharpen it.
- How to tell if a knife needs sharpening? It will slide right off the skin of an onion.
- Skip electric sharpeners, which strip away too much metal.
The underlying principle here is grinding the blade against a hard rough surface (Wet Stone) at a certain angle. There is a common saying that iron sharpens iron. Regardless of the tool that is being used, there are three major universal steps involved namely sharpening, straightening and polishing.
- Sharpening – The point here is to remove chunks of unwanted material from the blade. This is achieved by setting the blade at an angle between 20 to 30 degrees against the material being used for sharpening therefore the process will result in the blade tapering at the edges thus removing the dullness.
- Straightening – This is done at yet a smaller angle of about 15 to 20 degrees. It aims at making the edges straight by removing some excess metal but not as much as in the first step.
- Polishing – This is a finishing technique that gives the blade a mirror like smooth edge.
Care for bowie knife
Carbon steel, damascus and D2 can rust when not cared for properly. You will need to make sure the blade remains clean and dry in order to prevent rust or discoloration.
After cleaning and drying your knife, you should lubricate it with a wax or vegetable oil to prevent moisture from affecting the blade. We recommend Renaissance Wax (an archival-grade museum wax), because it will keep your knife rust-free and maintain its etched beauty.
If you have a D2 steel blade, exercise caution when showing off your blade to others to avoid injury.