Percy Fawcett Damascus Steel 12" Machete


Percy Harrison Fawcett was a British officer, explorer, and archaeologist. After leaving the army, he embarked on several trips to the Amazon river between 1906 and 1925. He fostered many good relationships with the local natives and was known to be courteous and polite, and bring gifts to smooth the relationship. Every trip created more awe and fame when he returned to England. 

Fawcett left on his final trip in 1925, along with his son and son’s friend. Fawcett was a romantic and believed in the legend of a lost city in the Mato Grosso region of Brazil. Fawcett decided to travel light and without any local support. He believed this would make them less noticeable to the native tribesmen who were often hostile to explorers. Fawcett sent a letter to his wife in May of 1925, telling her that the trio was about to enter the unchartered territories of the Amazon. Unfortunately, no one heard from the three men again. There are many theories about what happened to the trio but no one knows for sure. Numerous excursions were embarked on to find Fawcett’s remains and many of the people in these excursions lost their lives. To this day, no one knows for sure what happened to Fawcett and the ancient city he was searching for has yet to be discovered. 

A high-quality machete is an indispensable tool. Whether you are exploring in the Amazon or bushwhacking through the Rockies. Made of 1095 and 15n20 steels, our Damascus steel is a great choice for durability, sharpness, and keeping an edge. A large tali wood handle is easy to grip and makes wielding such a large tool easy on your hands. The butt of the machete comes pre-drilled so you can add a lanyard and the full tang quillion protects your fingers from sliding onto the blade. A full-grain leather sheath houses this incredible blade and a leather belt loop on the back allows you to carry the machete at your side.

Percy Fawcett Damascus Steel Machete Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 18"
  • Handle Length: 6"
  • Blade Length: 12"
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
  • Blade thickness: 5mm
  • Tang: Full Tang
  • Locking type: Fixed Blade
  • Damascus pattern: Twist
  • Number of layers: 256
  • Handle Material: Tali wood
  • Includes a hand stitched, custom full-grain leather sheath

Each machete is handmade from natural materials. There will be some variations in color, steel pattern and overall look. The machete you receive will have the same attention to quality and detail as the one pictured but may differ slightly in appearance.

Care Instructions:

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.

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.