4HR Challenge Knife - Paul Brach - Crown Stag Bowie

4HR Challenge Knife - Paul Brach - Crown Stag Bowie

In August of 2017, the Georgia Knifemakers' Guild put on their regular meeting...but this one had a twist to it. Six top makers from the Guild decided to enter the 4HR Challenge. In front of a live crowd, they sweated, toiled, hammered, heated & glued their way to finished blades. The event wasn't judged as it was a display of skills and a way for fans and knifemakers alike to get to experience first hand what it takes to transform raw materials into finished works of functional art. The results were amazing...even without the crunch of time constraints.

To see the 4HR Build Off, see it here on the Fiddleback Outpost YouTube Channel.

Paul Brach, a Forged in Fire veteran, was one of the makers. He hand-forged an impressively large bowie from raw 1084 steel. Complete with a guarded hidden tang design on crown stag, it was an impressive display of skill...and ALOT OF SWEAT! This is that knife. It's raw, compared to some of Paul's more refined and shall we say "meticulous" work...but it has a finish level we've seen with some makers who took days or weeks to make their knives. So that's to say, it's good. Surprisingly good. The fact that such a beast of knife was fashioned entirely by hand under the pressure of a crowd and limited time constraint is testament to the skill of Paul Brach as a maker.


Knife Specifications                                                       

Blade Length:  11.5 inches
OAL (Overall Length):  17.5 inches
Blade Metal:  15/64" Hand-Forged 1084 Steel
Handle Material:  Crown Stag - 1084 Steel Guard
Tang:  Hidden Tang
Grind:  Convex Grind - Top Edge Swedge Grind

Knives designed, fabricated, assembled, and finished in the USA, using domestic steels and heirloom quality materials, by ABS Journeyman Blade Smith, Paul Brach.

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