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Tutorials - Making a Big Pig Hunter
A big knife in san mai damascus, with mokume guard and sheep horn handles.
This knife design came to me a couple of years ago from a customer of mine. He's an avid hunter, and on a trip to Spain someone showed him a pig hunting knife that the Spaniards call "Macho" knife.

He liked it very much and talked me into making a custom version of it so he could use it to hunt wild pigs. (Picture 1)

This knife hunting is a practise in which you use 4-5 big dogs (Dogo Argentino usually) to run and grab the wild pig on place and then the hunter stabs it to death while tring not to get injured by the animal.

As you can see on this picture, the original model was about 1 1/2" shorter and with a higher point than the actual knife I've made. This is because I thought the blade was too short for the intended use and the point wasn't going to get aligned with the arm movement for a clean wound. (Picture 2)

Since I've made the point thinner for better penetration, I've changed the bevelings and made it a mix between a flat and a convex grind, making it more robust, while having a sharp edge.

My customer liked it very much and he's been sucesfully using it since then to kill wild pigs on his hunting trips.

Since the hunter stabs the pig's heart with a movemet of the arm from the resting position to a higher one, the curve of the blade makes it more adecuate for this task than a straigth knife.

Now, some months ago, another customer asked me to make him a knife like it, but in san mai damascus with a mokume guard, so I asked Ariel Salaverria to make me those so I could start working on the knife.

This are two san mai pieces, the smaller one was the one for this knife. (Pictures 3, 4 and 5)

If you check out the close up pic, it developed light rust, and you can see the damascus patterns depending on how the different steels reacted to the oxigen. (Don’t mind the sign, it’s a joke for Ariel)

After some work, I got the blade ground and tempered. (Picture 6)

A little filework. (Picture 7)
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The piece of mokume for the guard (iron, steel and copper) (Pictures 8 and 9)

Almost finished guard. (Pictures 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14)
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Etched blade. (Picture 15)

With the guard presented on place. (Pictures 16 and 17)

Sheep horn for the handle. (Picture 18)

Cutting it for the slabs. (Pictures 19 and 20)

Already cut, presented with the other side stag. (Picture 21)
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Handle slabs after I got the sheep horn flat, kept on the press so they don't change shape. (Picture 22)

Ready to go into the knife. (Picture 23)

Presenting them on the knife. My customer wanted a thick handle for a better grip. (Pictures 24, 25 and 26)
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Finished Knife
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