Sasquatch Style Butterfly Swords, Böhler D2 Blade Steel (Sifu Grade)
Sword Type: Individual Swords (full handles, not half-handles).
Sword Construction: Conventional (separate blade, D Guard and handle)
Blade Style: Hybrid
Blade Length: Approx 12" inches (36.5 cm) from tip to D Guard
Total Length: Approx 17" (43.2 cm)
Weight: Varies by pairs so far ranging from 1 pound 15.6 ounces (896 grams) to 2 pounds 2.25 ounces (971 grams) with each knife in a pair weighed to be close to its mate.
Blade Material: Böhler D2 Carbon Tool Steel
D Guard Material: Cast AISI 304 stainless steel, extra-wide
Blade Grind: Very wide Hollow Grind culminating in wide sharp "V" edge, swage
Blade Sharpness: Edge sharp. Sharps are for display only, too dangerous for training. Swage is unsharpened.
Blade Thickness: 7 mm at the widest point
Blade Finish: High Gloss
Tang: Full tang
Quillion Design: Hybrid (can flip and trap)
Knuckle Bow Design: Rounded, minimal extra interior space
Handle Type: Full Handles
Handle Material: Cocobolo
Grip Style: Full handles with two concavities
Balance Point: Conventional to permit flipping
Designed by: Modell Design LLC
Sheath: Left and Right Premium Sheaths by David Nay's Custom Leather
Product is a pair of custom designed Butterfly Swords with the K. Ali Knife Maker logo of the Forge Master at Iron Man Steel/Iron Man Knives who crafted them. All measurements and weights approximate.
These swords are serious weapons and consequently offered for sale as display swords (or self-defense if you are an expert user) only AND WE REALLY MEAN IT!
Perhaps the most difficult to make Randall knife is the big Sasquatch re-curve designed by Randall Dealer Doug Kenefick. Doug, after noting his design was inspired by the work of Rod Chappel and Gil Hibben, gave Jeff Modell his blessing to adapt the Sasquatch blade for Wing Chun Butterfly Swords. The first run consisted of fourteen pair in satin finish hammered 9260 carbon steel with Jeff's signature rounded belly handle. This second run, again fourteen pair, features less maintenance instensive Böhler D2 steel in high gloss, imported Cocobolo handle material, a different handle design, and five pair with mosaic pins as well as the eight small tactical pin job.
D2 steel is extraordinarily difficult to polish to a mirror finish as it tends to get an orange-peel like texture. While we are not going to claim these have the perfect mirror finish we could provide on a pair of $4,000 Butterfly Swords, we probably could not get a top U.S. knife maker to attempt to mirror D2 and we think Iron Man Steel has figured out how to do it! We are going to classify these as a High Gloss finish for now but that may change as we get expert opinion.
Both of these runs were hand-made to Jeff’s design by Forge Master K. Ali (that's our forge, not Randall!). They are traditionally balanced to allow for rapid movement and flipping between a forward and reverse grip.
The D Guard is cast AISI 304 stainless, extra wide to accomodate the extraordinarily thick blade.
Each product consists of two knives and a great looking Frog-style left and right pair of embossed heavy leather sheeths by David Nay.
We are selling a few different grades of these knives at different price points. Our standard D2 Sasquatch grade is an oustanding value at the price point and what we recommend for knife collectors. If there is no comment on the grade at our store, it is standard grade. "Sifu Grade" typically has a bit more black pitting on the butt of the D Guard (usually the result of the argon welder generating a lot of heat attaching the tang to the back of the D Guard rather than the casting process) than we are comfortable with for selling these at full price. We work with some fairly difficult materials, use the best construction methods we can think of and a certain percentage of the output shows some minor D Guard pitting. In some cases there will be a short black line between the tang and the D guard at the rear. We believe any Sifu or Master would be proud to own a pair of Sifu Grade knives but a knife collector who paid $4,000 for the pair (more than double our standard price) would have a right to complain. Seconds have a higher level of cosmetic flaws; for example, the pitting on the D Guard reached the level of irritating our inspector or the tang did not look crisp in between the handle scales. Basically it was a judgment call. If we discover a product has a structural flaw, we will not sell it -- the classifications are just for cosmetic issues. The photographs of the D2 Sasquatch knives here are of a pair of seconds (pretty good looking stuff, hah?).
See the Limited Warranty/Legal section of this web-site prior to purchase! While these knives come with our standard warranty, we do not have a lot of them so if there is a warranty issue (hopefully not) you should expect a refund or accomodation rather than replacement.
PHOTOGRAPHS: Taken by Jeff Modell.
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