Sasquatch Style Butterfly Swords, Böhler D2 Blade Steel (Sifu Grade)
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. It merited a page in Blade Magazine! This second run, again fourteen pair, featured 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. This is the first of the third run. It is also Böhler D2 steel but we went back to the original handle and added several high-end custom knife finish features (liner, tapered tang) and increased the length a tiny bit.
All three of the 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.
The photographs of the D2 Sasquatch knives here are what you are getting. 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 or a miniscule finish flaw. In some cases there will be a short black line between the tang and the D guard at the rear. These are really good looking but not perfect. 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 would have a right to complain. If we discover a product has a structural flaw, we will not sell it -- the classifications are just for cosmetic issues.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 1/2" inches (31.8 cm) from tip to D Guard
Total Length: Approx 17 5/8" (44.8 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs 6.5 oz (1092 grams) and 2 lbs 7.8 oz (1131 grams)
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: 9 mm at the widest point
Blade Finish: Satin finish done so darn well it looks glossy. Live and learn.
Tang: Full (American-Style) tang, Tapered
Quillion Design: Hybrid (can flip and trap)
Knuckle Bow Design: Rounded, minimal extra interior space
Handle Type: Full Handles
Handle Material: Brown Phenolic (i.e., Micarta(TM)-type material), Red Liners
Pins: 1 Large Mosaic Pin, 8 Small Tactical Pins
Grip Style: Full handles with belly
Balance Point: Conventional to permit flipping
Designed by: Modell Design LLC
Sheath: not included
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!
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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