Casstrom Safari Stabilised Curly Birch
The Casstrom Safari, designed by Alan Wood
A small but competent tool from Casström designed by English knifemaker Alan Wood, who is renowned for his handmade bushcraft and deer-stalking knives. The Safari is a compact hunting tool featuring a 6cm stainless steel blade with a hollow grind. The blade is made using a full‐tang construction and is made in 12c27 Swedish stainless steel (HRC 59).
The handle-tapered tang and shape of the handle makes the tool very nicely balanced and comfortable. The stabilized curly birch handle is tough, water resistant and low maintenance. The tool comes with a sturdy leather sheath.
The design in combination with the materials used makes this a very beautiful but highly resilient piece of kit - ideal as a skinner for small game and as a small belt tool for safari hunters.
About the designer: Alan Wood has been a professional knifemaker since 1985 and has become the UK’s most emulated craftsman due to his practical and attractive designs. Alan Wood is well known for his collaboration with survival expert Ray Mears.
About the design:
“The initial concept was to attempt to design a hunter’s tool that produced a tool of minimum dimensions which was still efficient in use. At first it was for the large proportion of British deerstalkers who hunt for the smaller species such as roe and muntjac. However, it was picked up by others such as the Swedish hunter Jeppe Stridh as an ideal cutting tool for his country’s moose hunters in combination with a forest axe. Further research has shown that it is an adequate and popular compact belt accessory for those on safari, hence the name. Basically, an easily carried tool that can be used to remove the viscera and to perform basic skinning to save a trophy cape when far from the vehicle’s tool kit. “ / Alan Wood
About the steel:
Sandvik 12C27 is a very popular stainless steel for scandinavian knives due to its combination of reliable edge performance (stability and ability to take an edge), high hardness and good corrosion resistance. Blade re-sharpening is easy and edge stability in terms of microchipping and edge folding or rolling is also good.
C 0.60%, Si 0.40%, Mn 0.40%, P(max) 0.025%, S(max) 0.01%, Cr 13.5%
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