Berserk Damascus Bunka 220mm

Salem Straub inlays blue and gray stabilized boxelder burl into green-dyed maple to create a handle as unique and beautiful as you would expect from this innovative and talented Washington bladesmith. But if it's the blade that caught your attention first, there is good reason. Standing 68mm tall, Salem's new Berserk mosaic damascus forms the top 4/5 of the blade's bevels, containing the concave portion of the 'S-grind' convex bevel geometry, the same pattern found in the integral bolsters. Below, contrasting the meticulously forged, complex, and dense Berserk patter is a band of spirograph damascus to form the convex edge of the knife. Razor sharp, hard, and thin from tip to heel, Salem has created a cutting tool for daily use with the looks and stunning finish of a one-of-a-kind heirloom object. It is very much both. 

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A self-taught blacksmith who began shaping metal with a charcoal forge and hand tools at the age of twenty, Salem Straub of Promethean Knives more recently won the 2nd season of the History Channel's Forged in Fire. Honing his techniques and studying the nuances of bladesmithing, Salem's well-rounded metalworking and blacksmithing abilities have been focused squarly on edged tools since 2012. The sole-authorship nature of each tool he builds is key for Salem, providing opportunity for attention to the subtlest details, often resulting in objects that blend the line between art and function. Forging his own mosaic damascus, building integral construction handles, heat treating in house and designing each minutia of each knife, it's an honor to present Salem's work here on Eatingtools.

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Blade: 220mm / 8.7". Overall length: 340mm / 13.4". Blade width at heel: 2.6mm. Blade width 1" from the tip: 1.2mm. Blade height at heel: 68mm. Weight: 8.5oz / 242g.
Blade: Damascus in 1080 and 15n20 alloys at 62HRC. Handle: Green maple burl, blue, and gray boxelder burl with an exposed through-tang stainless steel nut.
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