Unique Monte Zavatta Custom Railroad Spike Knife!

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  • Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 13, 2010
  • Channel: Auction House

Offered for your consideration is a very unique hand forged custom hunting knife from Arizona maker Monte Zavatta. Zavatta has been making knives professionally for over twenty years and is a full-time maker. His knives and sheaths always have a very distinctive look. He free-hand designs all of his knives and doesn't use templates or CAD programs. You may see the occassional hammer mark and/or forging mark on Zavatta's blades, which add a touch of character to his unique creations. This piece was forged from a railroad spike. I've owned numerous knives that were made from these spikes, including several from very well-known makers. However, this one is definitely the most unique and unusual.

Since we've entered the internet age, hundreds of knifemakers and would-be knifemakers have entered the industry. Some are very talented and produce exceptional knives. A few even produce work comparable to many of the makers in the Knifemaker's Guild. However, a large number simply buy blade blanks and off-the-shelf mounts, put the knife together, add a bit of finish work or filework to the spine, etch their name on the knife and sell the knife as a "handmade custom" knife. Zavatta is a true craftsman and artisan who hand forges his blades and adds his artistic touch to each piece. he has sole authorship of his knives.

The knife has never been used, carried, or sharpened and remains exactly as made.

The blade was forged from a heavy railroad spike. It was convex ground and is very sharp. Ken Warner, the former editor of the Knives Annuals, was a great student of edge geometry and wrote many outstanding articles on the subject from sharpness to cutting ability. Warner often wrote of the superior attributes of the convex grind or "rolled edge." The one story that sticks with me is the story of a smaller knifemaker pushing his convex ground edge through a standard pine 2 X 4 and neatly slicing off one and two-inch sections. Stressed was how, for that particular task, it was edge geometry that resulted in the outcome, not blade steel, heat treating, etc. One maker of note that was a major proponent of the convex grind, was of course Bill Scagel. The entire length of the spine was fileworked in an intricate pattern. The handle was tightly wrapped in heavy copper wire twist, which was soldered solidly into place. The pommel features a unique celtic cross that was hand shaped from copper.

The knife has a very solid and sturdy feel in the hand.

The blade is a bit under 4" and the knife measures 8-3/8" in overall length.

The sheath is the original and is of excellent quality. It is in perfect condition and was very nicely made. The sheath features copper rivets and like a good custom sheath should, it compliments the design of the knife and completes the package. Zavatta usually uses a Buffalo nickel for a retainer strap snap, but he used an old Mexican copper coin for this one.

A very unique, hand forged custom hunter from a fine maker!!

The knife will be shipped insured which is included in the shipping costs. I'll cover any additional insurance costs required by the purchase price.

Sorry, but I do not ship internationally.