Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico: A 14.5 inch Bowie knife in hand forged and tempered Toledo Steel
Looking for a gift for a woodsman/hunter/fisherman? Or do you want to add to your collection one of the very finest knives that money can buy? Angel Aguilar, master swordmaker in Ocotlan, Oaxaca, Mexico, has hand forged, hand tempered, hand ground, polished and sharpened this 14.5 inch Bowie knife. The knife's overall length is 14.5 inches and the blade length is 10 inches. The hilt is tropical ironwood, also hand carved and polished. The guard is solid bronze, also hand forged and polished, and the knife is balanced with additional bronze added to both the guard and the pommel.
You can see Angel's craftsmanship and buy this or any other of his fine knives and swords at the Pale Horse Galleries online store. The specific page in the store catalog featuring all the Toledo steel knives, swords and cutlery is here. Or you can copy and paste this link: http://palehorsemex.vstore.ca/index.php/cPath/5
If you have not already read all about Angel Aguilar and the 16th century Toledo Steel forging and tempering technology, you'll want to stop here at Mark in Mexico or here at the Pale Horse Galleries blog to read all about it. This blade making technique, responsible at one time for the finest knives and swords in the world, was introduced to the Zapotecs of Oaxaca by the Spanish conquistadors and the Benedictine Friars in the early 1500's, directly from Toledo, Spain.
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