Shackleton Damascus Steel Skinner


Most people are familiar with the ill fated story of Shackleton’s ship being stuck in the ice of the south pole. But most aren’t familiar with how they were rescued. For almost a year Shackleton and his crew were stranded near Elephant Island and survived on penguin, seal and whale meat. Shackleton and five of his men set sail for South Georgia in a long boat. The ice-packed voyage was over 800 miles. Unfortunately they landed on the uninhabited southern coast and had to traverse a mountain range to reach a small whaling station. Shackleton immediately began to work on a rescue effort for his men. After almost a year and a half being marooned in the antarctic, his crew was rescued and they all returned home. 

The long handle and deep belly blade make this Damascus knife the perfect tool for skinning and field work. Made of 1095 and 15n20 Damascus steel, the blade is hand-finished to a razor’s edge. The profile of the knife reminds us of the strength and steadfastness of a man like Shackleton while the form, balance and design would be appreciated by someone like Shackleton and his crew who survived off the land.

We also have a more compact skinner with a Walnut Handle or bit more beefy skinner with a sharp, durable edge, the Jim Baker Skinner.

Shackleton Damascus Skinner Specifications:

  • Overall Length: 7"
  • Handle Length: 3.75"
  • Blade Length: 3.25"
  • Blade Material: Damascus Steel 1095/15n20
  • Blade thickness: 4mm
  • Damascus pattern: Twist
  • Number of layers: 264
  • Grind: Secondary bevel
  • Handle Material: Marble Horn
  • 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.

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. 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.