This Little Bear knife was made by LaClaire.
Blade - Damascus Steel (1095 & 15N20 steels)
Handle - CA Buckeye
Damascus Steel is a famed type of steel recognizable by the watery or wavy light and dark pattern of the metal.
It comes with a black leather sheath as pictured.
LaClaire Cutlery Shoppe builds extraordinary and one-of-a-kind collectible Damascus knives. The metallurgy and science that is found in the collections of discriminating knife collectors are found in these creations. Using materials from "Mother Nature" to craft their handles, knives will come in a variety of figured woods, cacti, bone, and antler with a proprietary finish. Handcrafted in the USA!
"As a military veteran, it was always my dream to start a family-owned business when I left the service.
As it turned out both my son and I have had a passion to build extraordinary and one-of-a-kind collectible knives. The metallurgy and science that is found in collections of discriminating knife collectors are indeed found in our creations.
We recognized early on that there were numerous knife makers to choose from, but it was our desire to create knives that would be passed down through generations of family members. Who wouldn’t want to be the proud owner of one of grandpa’s favorite knives?
We have spent a number of years developing our blades out of the finest 1095 and 15N20 steel. We forge these materials together and each blade has been folded for a minimum of 250 layers. Other considerations that were important to us were the ultimate strength of each blade and its ability to hold a razor edge for extended periods.
Over the years we recognized that “Mother Nature” has provided stunning materials for us to use in our knife handles. We only use the top 3% of highly figured woods. All of our woods are stabilized prior to manufacture. Other natural materials used in our handles are bone, elk, caribou, and moose antler. We have been able to take Banksia Pod and Cholla Cactus to create works of art.
All of our handles are coated with our proprietary finish which is extremely hard and has UV inhibitors to prevent oxidation and to maintain its finish for years to come.
When you purchase a one-of-a-kind LaClaire Family collectible knife you can be assured that it was made in the Time-Honored Tradition of American Craftsmanship."
⁃ What is Damascus Steel?
Our Damascus steel is a layering of 1095 Spring Steel and 15N20 Swedish Bandsaw Steel. They are high-carbon content and are both designed for Edge Retention. These steels are layered and hammer-forged together and then folded over on themselves. This folding, heating, and hammer-forging are repeated until a minimum of 250 layers are reached.
⁃ Who makes our steel?
Currently, we are designing and purchasing our knife blanks from a few different bladesmiths. Our main supplier is located in Idaho Falls, ID, and is owned by a 3rd generation blacksmith family.
⁃ Where do you get your handle material?
We obtain some of our wood from local shops, plus from wood makers that have scrap pieces that are knife handle size. We trade with hunters for antler and horn. Plus we have local butchers where we purchase cow bone, and knife supply shops for camel bone and micarta. There are two types of material that we make in-house, Fleurinite (F-lure-i-nite) which is a type of epoxy, and some of the micarta, such as our recycled 'coffee bean burlap bag' micarta.
⁃ Are these knives difficult to sharpen?
No, you can sharpen them like you would any of your knives. The Rockwell hardness of our knives is between 58-60, easy to sharpen, and holds an edge. Because we are using Damascus steel you have multiple cutting edges due to the layer of the steel. We have had Guides take our hunters out and clean 2 Elk before they have to touch the blade up.
⁃ Are the Woods, Horn, and Bone Stabilized?
Yes, all of our woods, horn, and bone are stabilized with a resin which helps keep them from splitting and cracking, and they are sealed so one does not need to keep the woods oiled. You can if you want to, but it is not necessary.
- How to Hone and Sharpen your Knife Blade
* To Hone Blade: Once a week if the knife is used daily
Fill up the reservoir under the ceramic wheel and get the knife wet. Place the sharpener on a flat surface and set the knife in the slot on the knife guard.
Using the weight of the blade only, draw the whole knife blade straight towards you through the gap between the ceramic wheel. Do not bear down hard, three or four pulls are usually sufficient.
Lift the knife after each pull and repeat. Do not push the blade back through the ceramic wheel. Unclip the knife guard and dump out the water.
* To Sharpen Blade: Once a year
Fill up the reservoir under the ceramic wheel and then get the knife wet. Place the sharpener on a flat surface and set the knife in the slot on the knife guard.
Apply enough pressure until you hear a friction sound so that it feels like the blade is being gripped. Draw the whole knife blade straight towards you through the gap between the ceramic wheel and then push the blade back through.
Doing this five to six times is usually sufficient. Then follow the directions on honing the blade.