Bjorn Ironside was one of the most prolific Vikings. He and his men raided coastal towns through France, Spain, Sicily, Italy and North Africa. During a battle in Italy, Bjorn’s crew was unable to breach the walls. He pretended to be dead and had his men ask the town priests to bury him on consecrated ground. Once his coffin was carried into the church, Bjorn leaped out and fought his way to the city gates where he was able to open them so his men could invade. It was rumored that he retired to Scandinavia and lived out his life in wealth and comfort.
While the modernized tracker knife isn't a traditional Viking design, the heft and raw strength are qualities associated with Viking weapons and warriors. We can only imagine that they would have appreciated the weight and strength of this quality knife. You need to hold it for yourself to understand how burly this knife truly is. The curved drop point blade is perfect for survival or combat situations. The offset “saw” will give you extra heavy duty cutting and sawing capabilities. The Micarta handle combined with the raindrop Damascus steel pattern, creates a beautiful one-of-a-kind blade.
Ironside Damascus Tracker Specifications:
- Overall Length: 9.5"
- Handle Length: 4.5"
- Blade Length: 5"
- Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
- Blade thickness: 4mm
- Damascus pattern: Raindrop
- Number of layers: 264
- Grind: Secondary bevel
- Handle Material: Micarta with brass fittings
- Includes a hand stitched full grain leather sheath with belt loop
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.