Lieutenant-Colonel John Henry Patterson was a British soldier, author, and hunter. His best-known book The Man-Eaters of Tsavo details his experiences while building a bridge over the Tsavo river in East Africa. This book inspired the Hollywood film The Ghost and the Darkness. Immediately after Patterson's arrival in Africa, lion attacks began to take place. The locals who were very superstitious, refused to work on the railway. Worrying that the railroad would not be finished, Patterson went after the rogue lions himself. After months of hunting the man-eating lions, Patterson was able to track and kill the first lion on December 9, 1898. Two weeks later he was able to kill the second lion, narrowly escaping his own death when the wounded lion charged him. Each lion was over nine feet long and required at least eight men to carry it to the camp. The locals thought of Patterson as a hero and presented him with a silver bowl in gratitude.
J.H. Patterson lived such an amazing life and it is an honor to name this Damascus steel pocket knife after him. From his military service to his adventures across Africa to his writing, Patterson was a very unique man. This Damascus steel folding knife is the perfect everyday carry pocket knife for the modern gentleman. From its thumb opening design and liner lock to the handmade leather sheath, this knife is meant to be used. The Tali Wood scales feel great in your hand and look great when paired with the stainless steel bolster. An intricate design along the spine finishes off this amazing knife.
Want a more ornate lockback pocket knife? Check out the Hemingway Damascus Steel Knife.
J.H. Patterson Damascus Steel Pocket Knife Specifications:
- Overall Length: 7.75"
- Handle Length: 4.25"
- Blade Length: 3.5"
- Blade Material: Damascus Steel
- Blade Thickness: 4mm
- Damascus Pattern: Twist
- Number of Layers: 256
- Blade Type: Drop point
- Handle Material: Tali Wood and stainless steel
- 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 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.