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

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SVOVTB: VTB Von Tempsky 11" Bowie Knife
"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
  • Blade Length: 11"
  • Overall Length: 16-1/2"
  • Blade Thickness: 5 mm to 7.5 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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Metrop. Il
Apr 17, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Blade Material, None
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard
Love the knife! the sheath is just ok
Just got this beast of a knife! Haven't used it yet but by the looks of it along with other reviews not at all worried about it's performance. The sheath leather is heavy however the sheath I got had no stitching only rivets. 20 to be exact. I guess they ran out of thread. Anyway kind of looks like a sheath made for Frankenstein' s bowie. Not a deal killer but it's definitely not as attractive as it could be. Oh yeah and one other thing. I read in the literature that misuse is not covered by the warranty then it says not to use it for chopping among other things. What tha? That's part of the reason I wanted this massive thing. Oh well ill use it how I use it.
5 out of 5
Mar 27, 2015
Pros: Overall Quality, Weight, Materials
Cons: Blade Sharpness, None
Great blade
This thing is a beast. A slab of of beautifully brutal steel. Purchased for the appreciation of it. I don't know how historical the knife really is (Ive seen pics of those bowie's and this really doesn't look like it), but man, it sure takes you back in time. Feel that it was worth every penny. The tab release on the scabbard (this thing is like a little short sword) is tough at first, but breaks in. I found that riding my thumb alongside the tab and pushing off the button works easy for me. After reading many reviews, I expected the knife would arrive so sharp, that it would cut you if you gave it a sideways glance. Sadly, mine wasn't that sharp. All in all I am very pleased with the knife.
5 out of 5
Dirk P
Mar 02, 2015
Pros: Sheath/Scabbard, Finish, Overall Quality, Weight, Blade Sharpness, Blade Material, None
Cons: Weight
Very great Knife :-)
Using it outdoor in the wood Cutting little Trees for a fire
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