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Home Products Stag and Leather Hunter

Stag and Leather Hunter

by Scagel, William (Bill)

SKU 1068317

Date Added 05/19/2023

# Available This product is out of stock

Price $6,495.00


This hunter by William Scagel we believe was made around 1915 era. It has a carbon steel blade with his stamp, .182" blade stock and .965" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a reduced brass guard, crotch stag butt with brass pin, and a spacer pattern consisting of leather/aluminum/brass/red. Comes with original black leather sheath and a zippered case. Has some scratches and patina, there are some small gaps in the leather spacers, otherwise good condition for a 100+ year old knife! Pre-1910

Product Details

Blade Length 6.5

Overall Length 11.5

Weight (oz) 8.7

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Hidden Tang, Has Sheath

Blade Material Carbon Steel

Blade Details Upswept/Trailing

Handle Material Metallic, Leather & Skins, Horn & Antler

About the Maker

Scagel, William (Bill)

William (Bill) Wales Scagel (1873-1963). Considered to be the foremost pioneer in 20th century custom knifemaking. Scagel began making knives in 1910 while working at lumber camps throughout Michigan and Canada. From 1920 through 1929, Scagel sold his knives through Abercrombie & Fitch of New York and their subsidiaries such as Von Lengerke & Antoine. Scagel made hunting knives, machetes, and axes for the expeditions of the Smithsonian Institution. Scagel made a variety of knives throughout his career including bowie knives, fighting knives, and pocketknives. Scagel used a half stag and half leather stacked washer assembly in his knife handles that became his trademark style. One such Scagel knife provided the influence for Bo Randall to start making his own knives. In 1937, Randall witnessed someone using a Scagel knife to scrape paint off of a boat without damaging the edge of the blade. Randall bought the knife and in the years that followed Scagel became a mentor to Randall, influencing many of his designs. Every knife Scagel made was completely by hand and without modern tools such as a grinder or buffer, his shop was powered off a gasoline engine from an automobile and as a result, the quantity of knives he produced over his 50 years of knifemaking is very low. He made his last knife in 1962, the year before he died. Twenty-three years later he was inducted into the Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall of Fame in 1989. In 1996, Scagel was inducted into the American Bladesmith Society Hall of Fame.

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