Lillian rose to fame as a female sharp shooter at the time of Annie Oakley and the two quickly became rivals when the young girl joined Buffalo Bill's troup at the early age of 15. She caught his eye by showing off her impressive expertise at a show with her Ballard .22-caliber rifle. Her marksmanship that day was unfailing as she shot from the right shoulder, then left, even backwards over her shoulder without a single miss. Lillian's own father noticed her dexterity at age 6 when she brought down a sparrow with just a bow and arrow he had made for her. By her ninth birthday, he gifted her the Ballard .22 rifle she would later use to capture the attention of many.
Lillian Smith was quite boastful and crass for the age. She was extremely confident, often calling herself the "The World Champion", and would be condescending to Annie Oakley’s shooting. She drank and cursed like a sailor.
All of these things we love about Lillian and that is why we named this knife after her. Not only is this an everyday carry knife. It is a workman’s knife (or workwoman’s). With it short profile and straight edge, it is meant to be used for everyday tasks. Whether you are a ranch hand working with cattle and horses or you need to rip through that stack of Amazon packages you just received in the mail. This Damascus steel blade will treat you right. We added a detailed floral pattern to the sheath in Lillian’s honor.
Lillian Smith Handmade Damascus Steel Knife Specifications:
- Overall Length: 8"
- Handle Length: 4"
- Blade Length: 4"
- Blade Material: Damascus Steel
- Blade thickness: 2mm
- Damascus pattern: Twist
- Number of layers: 256
- Handle Material: Tali Wood
- Includes a full-grain leather sheath and wood presentation box.
Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials. There will be some variation in color, metal pattern and overall look. The knife you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.
1095 steel is a high-carbon steel and will rust if not dried and oiled after use. Hand wash only with soap and hot water. Dry completely before oiling.
About Forseti Steel:
The secret to forging authentic Damascus steel knives has long been lost, but Forseti Steel stays as true to the tradition as they can by commissioning smiths with Damascus ancestry to hand-make all of their blades. The artists behind the enamoring water-like patterns of folded and pounded steel have all learned their skills and techniques from the generations that worked the metals before them.
In addition to paying tribute to the Damascus practice in technique and appearance, Forseti Steel shows its respect for history's heroes, legends, and characters with their knives' names. The 9", walnut-handled Sentinel, for example, honors the Sentinels who stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington.