Svord Von Tempsky Bowie
Gustavus Ferdinand von Tempsky, adventurer, soldier and artist, learned the benefits of the Bowie knife 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 knives were made from waggon spring steel - being one of the few sources of suitable steel available to blacksmiths in Auckland in 1863.
The big knives were used to clear tracks through bush, dig defensive positions, cut fire wood and for general use about camp.
Svord's version uses high carbon tool steel for it's eleven inch blade and is supplied with a leather sheath.
|Blade Material:||High carbon tool steel|
|Blade Length (cm):||27.9|
|Blade Thickness (cm):||0.4|
|Overall Length (cm):||39.9|
- No finer knife for heavy workReview by Cannon-16
Generally I'm dissapointed with mail order knives, but not this. The best knife in my collection. The only limit is its massive size - when will Svord make a premium quality 4" knife? (Posted on 15/11/2015)
- robust laviathan,Review by stoo
battoning,hammering with flat of blade,striking fire rod......it goes on and on...
this is a brilliant camp tool.
there is very little you cant do with this....the sheaths so thick i sit on it if theres a cold rock to put it on...really this is a tool..not plush but very capable .
easy i mean EASY to touch up the edge that holds sharp for a good deal of work.
no chipping or bending from the cutting edge at all.
ive had mine three years now given it a good thrashing and its a winner every time.
the large finger gard has protected my fingers on several times too , tho granted for finer stuff it gets in the way a bit.
if you want a big knife to use...this really is worth considering.. (Posted on 14/02/2015)
- Tempsky was well armedReview by John Lammergeier