Hunting and Camp Set

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Price: $10,750.00
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This Heirloom Quality set by ABS Master Smiths Joe Szilaski and Ed Fowler features a hatchet, Pronghorn hunter and a liner lock folder all forged from 52100 blade steel. It is the only set that these two makers have ever done together. It is gorgeous. All there items bear both makers marks.

The first piece is a hand forged hatchet that has been hand rub satin finished, both sides of the blade are deeply engraved with an eagle's head. The hole cover and screw in the top of the hatchet head are engraved with a wooded mountain scene. The handle is curly maple with brass wire inlays done by Joe. Nicely shaped handle with a lot of character. It has a 3" cutting edge and a hammer pole, 18" overall.

The second piece is the Pronghorn Hunter. It features a hand forged blade by Ed Fowler that has.187" blade stock and 1.129" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a brass guard that has been deeply engraved on both sides with an eagle's head, it has also been carved to look like a beak. Has a beautiful stag grip and a brass butt plate that has been engraved with a wooded mountain scene.

The third piece is a linerlock folder with a hand forged Ed Fowler blade. This is one of two folders with a Fowler blade, the other was a collaboration with Ron Appleton. The blade is mirror polished, has a fileworked spine and a single brass thumbstud with a Champagne diamond. The handle has dovetailed brass bolsters with a deeply engraved eagle's head on both sides, really nice stag scales, fileworked screws, fileworked stainless steel liners and backspacer, and a brass butt cap with an engraved wooded mountain scene. Nice detent, lockup and blade seating. How often do you see a folder with a butt cap, that's pretty neat.

This set comes in a custom wooden display case with dark green felt. The case is adorned with nicely fileworked brass trim, there is a brass plate on the top that is engraved with a wooded mountain scene, the top also has some brass wire inlays. There is a plate on the inside of the lid that is engraved and reads "First Collaboration of ABS MASTER SMITHS Ed Fowler and Joseph Szilaski SET FORGED OUT OF 52100". It is set into the lid with fileworked screws. There is another engraved brass plate inside the case that reads "ONE OF A KIND Hunting and Camp Set. Collection of Current Owner". The front of the box has an engraved brass plate and a screw pin that locks the case. The brass used is called Jewelers brass and it has not tarnished in 2 decades. This brass was used throughout the set on the guards, pommels, case, plates, etc. Beautiful attention to detail. The felt is in excellent condition and the knives are held snug when closed.

This set is in Excellent+ condition. It was completed in 2000-2001. Its not often you find a set of knives like this that is so well done and match so nicely. Don't let these beauties slip away. Joe said he would make a new brass plate with the new owners name upon request. Joe said to make another set like it today, he would charge around $20,000.
Product Details
  • Blade Length
  • Overall Length
  • Closed Length
  • Weight (oz)
  • Source
    Previously Owned
Additional Specs
  • Knife Type
    Hidden Tang
  • Blade Material
  • Blade Details
    Drop Point
  • Handle Material
    Horn & Antler, Metallic, Wood
  • Other Details
    Sole Authorship, Engraved
Fowler, Ed
I consider myself an explorer in whatever frontier I may find of interest. My life is one of knife maker, rancher, writer and reader. I am truly blessed for all of these arenas are places I want to be. These interests compliment each other to a great extent, for I am the filter that apples the information learned through my personal dedications, the functional knife. My readings provide me with companions from many frontiers, my lifestyle keeps my feet on the ground, therefore I come to know man and the creation at its most honest uncorrupted level, this is my inspiration from which I am able to make my kind of knife. My absolute dedication to a knife based upon function rather than fashion or glitter has resulted in knives that are immediately recognized as coming from my hands. Each is totally hand crafted by me, in my hands, as it is carefully guided in its journey to becoming an honest knife. Each knife carefully developed step by step to be an individual statement of its own. Blades are hand forged and hand ground; when someone purchases one of my knives, he is buying a part of me, paying for my dedicated experience, skill, and what I envisioned at the time the knife was created. I take no shortcuts in the careful development of each and every knife I make. Born in the Rockies of Colorado, I cannot remember a time I was not fascinated with knives and nature. I have worked in timber, construction, in law enforcement and now on a ranch on the Wind River less than a mile from the 1838 fur traders rendezvous sight near Riverton, Wyoming. I farm and ranch full time, and have done volunteer work (to evaluate knives ) on the kill floor. All my experiences have taught me that personal attitude and preparedness are very important factors of survival.
Szilaski, Joseph
My experience in metal work began as a teenager in Europe. I am now a full-time knifemaker living in upstate New York. I'm a voting member of the Knife Makers Guild and an American BladeSmith Society "Master Smith". My work has won several awards over the past years and has been featured in "Blade Magazine" I am proud to have had one of my pieces featured on the cover of the "Knives '99 Annual" and the cover of the Dec. 2000 issue of "Blade".
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Hunting and Camp Set