This little Bowie was made from a vintage Black King mill file. Black King went into production in 1917 until it burned down in 1926. At some point (the date isn’t really known) Rex tools bought the name. It is also not clear how long they used it, my feeling is until around WWII. However, it wasn’t a large production and these files are rare as I’ve only ever found a few. This particular one which I believe is from the ’40’s I wanted to test how the alloy they used reacted to a hamon (clay backed quench). The knife supports a stabilized elk antler handle on a narrow/bolt through tang with brass guard. The pommel is the files original stamped tang carrying the Black King logo.
Style: 5 1/4″ Clip Point
Steel: vintage Black King mill file.
Made by: Stock Removal
Heat treat & temper: Clay backed quench to produce hamon with 430F temper
Tang: Narrow tang / bolt through
Handle: Stabilized elk antler
*pommel is the files original stamped tang