Forged For Excellence: A Review of Damascus Steel Hunting Knives Australian Blade Collectors Rave For
Last updated ago
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By 
Michael Way
Published 
January 12, 2022

Forged For Excellence: A Review of Damascus Steel Hunting Knives Australian Blade Collectors Rave For

Last updated ago
5 min read
By 
Michael Way
Published 
January 12, 2022

Damascus steel blades are created to be beautiful. This beauty is a product of hard work, attention to detail, and meticulous craftsmanship. We often want a Damascus blade because of how it looks. Yet, there's more to the hard work that yields a beautiful knife.

Damascus steel hunting knives, for example, are one of many steel knives that are not only created for beauty but also to be excellent. And we've found a Damascus steel hunting knife that best illustrates this powerful combination of beauty and function. So let's get to know more about the Damascus steel and how Bobcat Roar's Predator Hunter is a thing forged for excellence.

What You Need to Know About Damascus Steel

The Damascus steel is an intriguing category of knives because they have mesmerizing patterns on the blades. Of course, that's part of what makes it a desirable knife. But more than just the appeal, let's go behind the appearance and look at some of the interesting facts about the beautiful Damascus steel knives.

It's been around since ancient times.

The method of crafting Damascus steel dates back to 750 C.E. in Damascus, commonly known now as Syria.

The ripple patterns are the result of joining two metals or more.

One of the things that made Damascus steel popular is its ripple patterns. These patterns result from two or even several kinds of metal being joined together that create the ripple effect.

India supplies the metals used by Damascans.

We always have an impression that Damascus steel comes from Damascus. It isn't. Damascans source their metals from India, but they use their own method and treatment for the blade.

Damascus Steel is also welded.

Today, manufacturers of Damascus blades use a welding process that billets alloys together. This allows them to control the resulting ripple pattern on the Damascus steel. However, despite the new method and technology used, creating a flawless and beautiful Damascus blade still takes a lot of skill.

In Focus: The Bobcat's Predator Hunter Damascus Steel Fixed Blade Knife

The beautifully crafted Bobcat is an exceptional knife for anyone looking for both substance and form. It's a blade that's forged in fire and is made available for you. We're putting the much-deserved attention on this knife to expose more of its strength and beauty.

Design

Ripple pattern

The ripple on the knife is an artful combination of circles and waves that give this knife a unique identity. Many Damascus hunting knives exist, but the Bobcat differentiates itself from the rest with this symmetrical ripple pattern. This gives you an idea of how much thought and effort is put into the knife's detail—a good indicator of quality.

Straight back tip

This Damascus steel knife's straight back point profile suggests that the blade is made for both stabbing and slicing. This blade tip profile is the simplest tip design. But simple doesn't mean plain and boring. Bobcat made the simple interesting by raising the swivel area to get that slight curve on the blade's spine. This gives a gorgeous touch to the blade's design.

Flat grind profile

The flat grind profile matches the simplicity of the straight back tip. It also accentuates the ripple patterns. While the choice of grind is perfect, it also benefits the knife by giving it a kind of edge that has a wide range of uses outdoors and even the indoor kitchen. Truly, the Predator Hunter is one of the best custom Damascus knives that can hit it outdoors.

Hidden Tang Profile

Underneath this Bobcat knife's handle scale is a full tang that makes the knife strong and resistant to breaking. As with most hidden tang knives, its purpose is to keep the integrity of the handle intact. It also provides proper weight distribution and a convenient grip.

A mosaic rivet

The rivet pinned on the handle scale has an intricate circular pattern composed of different kinds of metals. This rivet is easily noticed. Its purpose is to keep the handle together but also add a touch of style.

Curvy handle

The handle is sculpted with ergonomics in mind. The grip has two curvatures. The semicircular curve is for your index finger. It's made deeper to allow your index finger to get a tighter grip. The other curve is for the rest of your fingers and also has the same purpose.

Spine jimping

The jimping has style and function merits. It's the ridged area on the blade's spine near the hunting knife quillon. It is also called a thumb rise and serves as an area where you place your thumb to get a better grip when putting pressure on the knife. It keeps your thumb from slipping. But this ridged area on the knife also makes the knife look more badass.

Features

288-layers of Damascus patterns

Among the many Damascus hunting knives for sale today, only a few can claim 288-layers of patterns. These layers are rooted layers of two metals, the 1080 and the 15N20. The nine layers of these two metals are folded five times and heat-treated to achieve this astounding pattern. This constant metal folding and heating is what also gives the Bobcat its toughness that's comparable to a Damascus buck knife.

Multiple Applications

Bobcat Roar made the Predator Hunter fit a wide range of applications used for hunting and tactical purposes. You can use this knife for field game dressing. You can also use it to cut, slice, and peel the skins of soft food and non-food items, which makes this great as both an everyday carry or for use in the indoor and outdoor kitchens.

Hammer-forged

Forged knives that are hammered to perfection, such as the Predator Hunter knife, are more refined than stamped Damascus steel hunting knives. As such, the blade is smoother and stronger. In addition, it can hold edges longer and can be easily sharpened.

Highlights

  • The knife has excellent edge retention because of the hammer-forged method coupled with layers of two strong steel materials. The result is a knife that remains razor-sharp for a long time.
  • The incredible amount of detail and consideration on the Predator Hunter's design is awe-inspiring. The different patterns of ripples that sync well together on the blade cheek raise the bar on what bladesmiths can do to a Damascus knife to make it even more beautiful and strong. 

Lowlights

  • The handle scales are made of wood. The most common drawbacks of a wooden scale are that it's prone to cracks and decay. You'll have to avoid dropping this knife on the ground or using the handle for smashing objects when outdoors. Meanwhile, an epoxy coating on the knife may crumble out and expose the wood to elements.

Forged For Style and Function Excellence

From the intricate blade patterns to the process of crafting this blade makes the Bobcat's Predator Hunter Damascus knife a great knife. One that's worth it for any collectors of Damascus steel hunting knives Australia can't get enough of.

The knife's uncommon ripple patterns, the detailed rivet, and the blade's point and edge configuration scream beauty without sacrificing the substance. It is a knife with superb edge retention. It's got the same toughness as any fixed blade hunting knife, and it can be used for many purposes in and out of the house. But most importantly, if you want to put this up for display, it will please the eyes of anyone who glances at it.

Check out our reviews of other equally amazing knives here.

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