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Svord VTB Von Tempsky Bowie Knife 11" Carbon Steel Blade, Wood Handles, Leather Sheath

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Part Number: SVOVTB
Manufacturer: Svord Knives
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Description
SVOVTB: VTB Von Tempsky 11" Bowie Knife
Svord
 
"Old Von was a terror with the bowie knife"

This replica Forest Ranger Bowie Knife is based on the knife design than von Tempsky issued to his company of Forest Rangers in 1863.

Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky, adventurer, soldier and artist, learned the benefits of bowie knife fighting in California while working in the gold fields. He possessed a fine knife of American manufacture for his own use, but had about 30 bowie knives made to his personal design by a cutler of Shortland St, Auckland. These were issued to the men of No. 2 Company, New Zealand Forest Rangers, under Major von Tempsky's command.

The Forest Rangers were an elite corps of bush-roving scouts employed by the colonial government between August 1863 and October 1867 during the New Zealand Wars. "They were the Forest Rangers, whose very name carries a flavour of adventure in the Dangerous Lands, suggests tales of scouting and skirmish and ambuscade, and bush marching and camping in wary silence." (James Cowan, historian)

The knives were made from waggon spring steel - being one of the few sources of suitable steel available to blacksmiths in Auckland in 1863.

Von Tempsky, an experienced fighter, taught his men to use the bowie knife in one-on-one armed combat. The knife was used to fend off an opponent's attacking blows while a revolver was used in the other hand.

The big knives were also used to clear tracks through bush, dig defensive positions, cut fire wood and for general use about camp.

A 1900 inerview with John Toovey, an ex Forest Ranger corporal, appeared in a 1935 issue of The New Zealand Railways Magazine: He had a farm near Te Awamutu. Customarily, out on the farm and in the bush, he wore a sheath-knife on his belt. The knife was a veteran like himself. It had been nine or ten inches long of blade, but the point had been broken off, and he re-ground and pointed it; even then it was like a young bayonet. He told its story, "That's one of old Von's bowie knives," he said. "He had a lot made for us at a blacksmith's in Auckland when the Forest Rangers were divided into two companies and he had command of me.

"You know, old Von was a terror with the bowie knife. He had learned to use it in Mexico and Central America. Certainly it came in handy in the bush, and as we had no bayonets it was comforting to know you had a good sticker on your hip for a scrimmage.

"I've had that knife more than thirty years. See how it's worn down. I've used it for all sorts of jobs, hacking bush tracks, pig-sticking, skinning sheep, cutting up my tobacco and my loaf of bread. It'll last my day, my boy!"



There are four elements in a Svord knife that make them a peerless investment, that will provide years of trouble free service:
  • All Svord knives utilize the best Swedish High Carbon Tool Steel available
  • All Svord knives are individually hardened and tempered using a unique and time honored secret heat treatment process
  • Each Svord knife is hand ground on a water cooled stone
  • The Baker "Convex" edge is a "razor" factory edge, providing superb "out of box" performance
Specifications
  • Blade Length: 11"
  • Overall Length: 16-1/2"
  • Blade Thickness: 3.5 mm to 5 mm (exact specs may vary)
  • Steel Material: Swedish l-6
  • Full Tang Construction
  • Leather Sheath with Vertical-Carry Belt Loop
  • Weight without Sheath: 27.3 ounces (774 grams)
  • RC Hardness: 58
  • Weight with Sheath: 34.6 ounces (982 grams)
  • Made in New Zealand

UPC Code: 9421901356231

Leather Sheath
Leather Sheath
Leather is known for its durability and traditional appeal. When compared to kydex it is preferred for its silence when bumped against other objects, as well as blade retention.
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Chas
Philadelphia, Pa
Apr 09, 2014
Pros: Blade Material, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Weight, Materials, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: None
Unbelievable value! My favorite big bad knife, period!
This is an amazingly high quality, custom knife for a very reasonable amount of money. The weight and size of the Svord Von Tempsky is outrageous: this is about as big and bad as bowie knives come. A brute of a tool that was made to be put to work. The convex edge is razor sharp, right from the factory, as advertised. The sheath is of very nicely crafted, thick quality leather. The major con as I see it is that the retaining strap is very tight, and difficult to unfasten, as other reviewers have mentioned, but the leather will loosen over time. Having owned many of the big, bad knives from Busse, Northern Lights, Fehrman, Tops, Becker, Cold Steel and others, this one, the Svord Von Tempsky Bowie is my favorite of the bunch. I will undoubtedly be buying more Svord knives in the future, and I will likely be buying them from KnifeCenter.
4 out of 5
Dutch
New Hampshire
Mar 22, 2014
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material, Materials
Cons: None
Gorgeous and utilitiarian
Received and immediately opened the packaging to reveal this big, beautiful knife. I put it to work on some chopping tasks for fun. I couldn't even get down my driveway before hacking away at some downed maple and live white pine, which this dispatched with ease. For a heavy blade it is well balanced and feels good in-hand. It chops better than my HI kukri (to be fair, the VTB is the larger knife.) It came sharp enough to cut paper down most of its length...it will need some touching up to get it shaving sharp, but it's very much acceptable and came to me sharper than most factory knives I've ordered. The steel is excellent. The retention strap on the sheath is very difficult to remove when new...will hopefully loosen up with use. Shipping from knifecenter was great. I've always wanted a big bowie, and I'm proud to have this as a "working" heirloom.
5 out of 5
Zach
Missouri
Feb 05, 2014
Pros: Materials, Finish, Overall Quality, Handle Material, Blade Material
Cons: None
Svord Powerhouse
This knife is a hoss when you first hold it the blade is extremely sturdy cleaved a 2 inch sapling clean in half with one strike and was still sharp enough to make feather sticks. The only negative thing I have to say on this product is the retention strap works TO well and doesn't wish to let go but other than that the whole package is very well put together sheath, blade everything. Would for sure recommend this to someone looking for a workhorse that looks and performs like a champ. Knifecenter also came through as a first time customer I was extremely happy with the customer service I received as well as the shipping speed arrived in 48 hours. Will very much so do business with them on future purchases.
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