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Wilson Combat teamed up with the man, the myth, the legend, master bladesmith Burt Foster on the all-new ‘Combat Classic’ fighter knife. This beauty comes with a hand-forged 7.5-inch blade, figured walnut handle and blued steel guard, ensuring that it’ll look great in your collection while also getting any tough chore done that you need it to.
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The inspiration for the design are the hand forged bowies and fighters produced by famed makers of Sheffield and later American hand makers like Scagel, Richtig, Randall and others. These storied makers equipped servicemen and adventurers of the past with high-performance knives that were not only attractive but lovingly crafted and so cherished by their owners that they were often handed down through successive generations.
As firearms developed and became more reliable, combat knives evolved from larger, heavy and unwieldy choppers into a more practical 6-8” blade lengths portable enough to be belt carried every single day along with a sidearm. These knives were used to make camp, cut rope, cook meals and often as last-ditch defensive tools. This genre developed into what we now know as the “fighting knife”.
First, let’s talk about the blade. The Combat Classic’s traditional clip point Bowie blade is, as we stated above, hand-forged from Foster’s high performance laminated steel. The hardened steel core of the blade is sandwiches between two extremely tough, rust-resistant steel layers and further hand polished, giving it an awesome look. For more on this process, let’s go to the man himself.
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