William Becknell was a frontiersman and trader in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. Becknell climbed the ranks quickly during the War of 1812 and from his extensive service on the frontier while battling the British-backed Indians. He eventually reached the rank of Captain and was long known as Captain Becknell.
After the military Becknell began trading and working on trade routes. He became the “Father of the Santa Fe Trail” which opened up trade with Mexico. Becknell led many other explorations for new routes and trapping expeditions. Becknell settled in Texas and served as commander during the Texas Revolution and even served briefly as a Texas Ranger. He amassed a sizable estate in land and livestock in Red River and died at the age of 68.
We named this Damascus hunting knife after William Becknell because of the amazing life that he led. It is easy to romanticize a life of exploration on the frontier, but we don’t take it for granted. Bucknell lived a very full life and we believe he would have approved of this knife. Medium in size, this modified clip-point blade would be very handy on the frontier. Whether gutting an animal, slicing, or hand-to-hand combat, the clip-point tapers and drops the center axis of the tip so it allows a quicker and deeper puncture. The Micarta handle fits nicely into your hand and a hole in the butt of the knife allows you to add lanyard if so desired. This full-tang Damascus steel knife is a piece of art that is as pleasing to use as it is to look at.
Becknell Damascus Knife Specifications:
- Overall Length: 9"
- Handle Length: 4.25"
- Blade Length: 4.75"
- Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
- Blade thickness: 4mm
- Damascus pattern: Twist
- Number of layers: 264
- Grind: Secondary bevel
- Handle Material: Micarta
- Includes a hand stitched full grain leather sheath with belt loop wood presentation box
Please note: Each knife is handmade from natural materials, there will be some variation in color, Damascus 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.