Browning Introduces Master Knifemaker Series Collection for 2006.MORGAN, UTAH — Browning has always insisted on using the very best materials and finest craftsmen in producing quality cutlery. Browning continues to take great pride in this legacy by introducing an association with five of the most prestigious knifemakers in the country to offer the Mastersmith Collection Knives. These prominent knivemakers include Jerry Fisk, Bailey Bradshaw, John Fitch, Joseph Keeslar and James Crowell. All have earned Mastersmith ratings wit the American Bladesmith Society. They have now shared with Browning their unique designs for the Browning Mastersmith Collection. Only 500 knives of each design will be made. The second design from each bladesmith will not become available for sale until his first design has been completely sold. The fixed blade designs will be made in the United States, while the folding models will be manufactured in Germany. Jerry Fisk’s Drop Point Large Skinner. Jerry Fisk knives have been featured on the covers of seven publications. He has authored a book on Damascus steel, Knifemaking as a Career, and has taught at the School of Bladesmithing since 1988. His Drop Point Large Skinner fixed blade knife is made from high carbon steel with a .142 satin finish, Laser-etched on one side with a 4 ½” length blade. The handle design has two pins, one-piece stabilized walnut with stainless steel guard. A custom-made top-grain leather sheath is supplied. Model 573 Jerry Fisk Drop Point Large Skinner, Suggested Retail, $299.00. Bailey Bradshaw’s Bone Folder. Bailey Bradshaw forged his fist knife at age 13, and became a full-time bladesmith in 1977, after serving in the Navy. While at sea, he completed forged blades brought aboard with him and sold them to fellow shipmates. His Bone Folder is a pocket folding locking liner design with a 2 ½” drop point blade. The bone handle has two pins. Model 579 Bailey Bradshaw Bone Folder, Suggested Retail, $139.95. John Fitch’s Large Drop Point. “Big” John Fitch brings a natural talent to the knife-making industry. He teaches knifemaking at “Hammer-ins” for the ABS across the country, and finished second at the 2003 annual ABS World Championship Cutting Competition and third in 2004. His Large Drop Point fixed blade knife is made from high-carbon steel with a .188 satin finish and is Laser-etched on one side with a 5 ¾” blade length. The handle is stabilized curly maple with stainless steel guard. A custom-made top-grain leather sheath is supplied. Model 575 John Fitch Large Drop Point, Suggested Retail, $299.00. Joseph Keeslar’s Medium Hunter. Joseph F. Keeslar taught Industrial Arts for 23 years in Kentucky, and was avidly involved in crafts, leatherwork and flintlock rifles before becoming Chairman of the ABS in 2003. His Medium Hunter 5 ¼” drop point fixed blade knife is made from high-carbon steel with a .188 satin finish. Four copper pins , copper liners, a bird’s-eye maple handle with stainless ringed bolster are featured. A cutom-made top-grain leather sheath is included. Model 577 Joseph Keeslar Medium Hunter, Suggested Retail, $375.00. James Crowell’s Small Drop Point. Jim Crowell is well known throughout the knife industry and has garnered many awards. He was the ABS World Champion Cutting Compe-tition winner in 2003, and took second in 2004. His flawlessly crafted knives have appeared in over 20 publications worldwide. His Small Drop Point fixed blade has a 4 ¼” blade made from high carbon steel with a .142 satin finish and Laser-etched on one side. The handle is a one-piece, ironwood with black/white spacer. A custom-made top-grain leather sheath is included. Model 570 James Crowell Small Drop Point, Suggested Retail, $299.00
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