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Colorado mastersmith Steve Rollert has been forging steel, making custom knives and teaching others how to do the same for many years.
Steves Splitter is an unusual knive and has a story about it.
Steve emailed me and here is what Steve says: Dear beene, Dear Sir, I am Steve Rollert, the maker of the splitter knife. The Splitter was designed by Ross Seyford, then the shooting editor for Guns & Ammo Mag. (spelling of Rosss last name incorrect, I will find proper spelling for you if you like). Ross was frustrated by most blades inability to make one continuous cut while splitting a hide. Ross took the blade of the first knife he designed, the RS-1 and added a hump that matched a Green River Skinners first inch and combined them to make a design that would allow the hide to meet a steeper angle in the cutting edge and continue to work with out restarting the cut.
In all Ross designed 3 splitter models of increasing size to meet the needs of larger animals. This is one of those knives.
Cocobola scales over a full tang held on with 2 stainless pins
Steve made this knife from forging cable and it has a nice damascus pattern.
Rollert is stamped on one side of blade in script.
About 1.25″ of file work on top edge. 7.25″ OAL; 3.0″ blade.
Steve’s wife made the nice brown leather sheath.
A rose, JR and 88 are stamped on the back of the sheath.