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Svord VTR Von Tempsky Ranger Knife 6-7/8" Carbon Steel Blade, Wood Handles, Leather Sheath - SVORD-VTR

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Part Number: SVOVTR
Manufacturer: Svord Knives
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SVOVTR: VTR Von Tempsky Ranger 6-7/8" Bowie
The VTR Ranger model is the smaller bother of the VTB Von Tempsky Bowie, which is one heck of a knife. The Ranger is a more carryable knife measuring in at 11-1/8" overall with a 6-7/8" carbon steel blade. It's got the same excellent leather sheath as the Bowie model, with a belt loop and button snap closure. The hardwood handle has a small lanyard hole as well as two holes built into the guard to make attaching the knife to a stick or pole much easier and more secure. You can't go wrong carrying this knife every day as it's solidly built and spectacular looking but be mindful that you will need to oil the carbon steel blade regularly to prevent oxidation or rust spots forming.

"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: 6-7/8"
  • Overall Length: 11-1/8"
  • 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: 12.7 ounces (360 grams)
  • RC Hardness: 58
  • Weight with Sheath: 17.2 ounces (488 grams)
  • Made in New Zealand

UPC Code: 9421901356750

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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Woods Runner
Apr 03, 2015
Pros: Materials, Handle Material, Blade Material, Finish, Weight, Overall Quality, Blade Sharpness
Cons: Sheath/Scabbard, None
better put it in your will!
I had the forest bowie for about a year and loved it but I needed money and had to sell it off, I immediately regretted it and I promised my self when I could I would get another. When I was looking at purchasing another forest bowie I figured I would just take a quick look at this and got to thinking the forest bowie is a monster it's not very fun to carry on your belt all day and while it is an excellent chopper it is not the best for even what I would consider medium knife tasks, it's large guard gets in the way quite often as well. Any ways I became more and more intrigued with the smaller version until I decided I would order it just to see, and boy am I glad I did it is the perfect size to put on your belt and go for a walk or out hiking and with a sweatshirt or coat you would have to look for it to notice it. But it is still not a small knife, I had no problem chopping a couple saplings for a shelter frame and it is way better at fine work than its big brother, I would say it is comparible to a Becker bk 2 as far as chopping quite and a bit better as far as fine work (thinner blade, around .19 - .20 of an inch). It also has the famous svord L6 steel which I have used for a couple years in my peasant knife and have loved it. There was a couple issues though, one is the tang is slightly higher than the scales but that is simply because it is winter and come summer they will swell up and I will seal it, not a big issue to me, just part of traditional wood handles. Another issue is more personal preference and that is the retaining strap around the handle I wish it was a diagnal strap like on the forest bowie but I can live with the sheath as it is and eventually I may mod it. Overall if you don't mind paying a little extra for a real knife that will out live you and has a sweet traditional look to it then I highly recommend the Von Tempsky Ranger bowie.
5 out of 5
K. Wright
Albany, NY
May 08, 2014
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Great knife
Great knife, & fast shipping, what else can I say all around good company.
5 out of 5
Sep 25, 2013
Pros: Blade Sharpness, Sheath/Scabbard, Handle Material, Blade Material, Materials, Weight, Overall Quality, Finish
Cons: None
Von Tempsky Ranger
This is a heavily-built and beautiful knife. I like wooden grips, and these are a dark, straight grained hardwood that are well-fitted and smooth. The blade came very sharp, and is beautifully colored. My use for it will be around my farm (I put it to use the other day to cut through a wild blackberry patch I wanted to pass through) and will use it for hunting. The sheath is well made and of very thick leather, with a restraining snap around the knife's grip. This is an excellent knife, substantial enough for chopping chores but agile enough for skinning game.
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