A MASSIVE custom camp/bowie knife from Eddyville, Kentucky
maker Gary Tucker.
Tucker is a talented craftsman and highly skilled knifemaker
who's known for his fine handle work. He's known for using exotic natural
handle materials including quite a bit of giraffe bone. Tucker had a limited
production and marked each knife with the year made and sequential serial
number. This was the 18th knife he made in 2003. Tucker builds a very clean
and highly functional knife. His work is well-known on the show circuit and I
had heard a few years ago that Blade Magazine had done a feature on him, but
I've never been able to locate it. I'm not sure about Tucker's current status.
At a show over the winter I was told that he was either no longer making knives
or had semi-retired, producing just a couple knives here and there. If anyone
knows for sure please let me know.
Since we've entered the internet age, hundreds of
knifemakers and would-be knifemakers have entered the industry. Some are very
talented and produce exceptional knives. A few even produce work comparable to
many of the makers in the Knifemaker's Guild. However, a large number simply
buy blade blanks and off-the-shelf mounts, put the knife together, add a bit of
finish work or filework to the spine, etch their name on the knife and sell the
knife as a "handmade custom" knife. Tucker is a talented craftsman who made his
knives by hand.
The knife has not been used, carried, or sharpened
and remains in near perfect condition with just a bit of very light storage
wear and light handling marks.
The knife was solidly and cleanly built and is
absolutely huge! The design is well-suited for camp knife duties. The blade
was ground with a recurved edge and deep fullers on either side. It was
polished to a bright finish and the spine features scalloped filework on both
sides. The blade also features an aggressively ground top edge to facilitate
sharpening if desired. The guard is of thick brass and was also deeply
polished. It was shaped to match the contours of the stag and is concave on the
handle side to serve as an index finger rest. The guard was tightly set with
the blade perfectly centered. Although not an exotic handle material, the
handle was crafted from an enormous section of crown stag. It's set behind
an unusual spacers of some sort. It appears to be some type of marbled phenolic
resin, but I'm really not sure. The spacer is a deep burgundy color and really
set off the natural beauty of the stag. The stag is rich in both color and
texture and has an excellent feel. It really fills the hand and measures 7"
around just above the crown. The entire knife is rock-solid and completely
Despite it's massive proportions, the knife has an
excellent feel and offers nice control. It's slightly handle-heavy due to the
size of the stag, but you know you have something in your hand when your holding
The knife has a 10-1/4" blade and measures 17" in
The sheath is of leather and is in
near perfect condition with no problems at all.
If you appreciate unique, one-of-a-kind
knives, this is an heirloom-quality piece that will be treasured through the
A beautiful and unique custom bowie from this
highly skilled maker!!