I've been a quiet admirer of knife maker Stuart Mitchell's work for quite a while now and when one of his blades came up for sale I couldn't resist the handling opportunity! Stuart's knives are regarded as some of the best in the industry, being highly sought after and something I'd been looking at buying for a while.
Buffalo is also another material I've been looking to use for a while and I sourced a few bits of extremely large buffalo from Highland Horn. At 15mm thick x 150mm long, I just wonder how big the buffalo was this set came from! Horn can be very tough stuff to work with but and I was quite surprised how transparent the buffalo can be in sunlight and the inherit natural flaws are just beautiful, well worth the effort.
With red liners and a coke bottle type profile as usual, the handle is finished to 600 grit then buffed up to a polish. Fellow British Blades member Marcus was very kind to supply me some of his excellent home machined nickel silver "corby" bolts and lanyard tube which were perfectly made I have to say.