|MODEL 001 - LIBERTY TREE KNIFE
In the pre-Revolutionary times, Great Britain sought to prevent colonial rebellion by forbidding colonists to meet privately. To be found meeting in secret was punishable by death. In response, each of the thirteen colonies selected a special tree, called a liberty tree, and designated it as their secret meeting place. Under the haven of Liberty Trees, leading colonists devised plans of rebellion against British control.
The wood handle of the Liberty Tree knife is carved from the last surviving Liberty Tree. This 400-year old tulip poplar stood on the grounds of St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland. Having outlived its species by 100 years, the tree witnessed the most significant moments leading to the development of the United States. The 9" blade of this special knife is hand-forged steel with brass bolsters and two brass stars set in the 5" long handle. It is engraved with "The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America," and has a certificate of authenticity. Only 1,776 — to honor the year of America's declaration of liberty — will be produced.
MODEL 002 - ALAMO KNIFE
Gen. D. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna's men outnumbered Col. William Travis' troops 6,000 to 200. Before noon on March 6th, 1836, Travis, Jim Bowie, David Crockett and the remaining defenders fell, making the ultimate sacrifice for their families and the future of the Republic of Texas.
The Alamo Bowie celebrates the Alamo and Jim Bowie. The hand-turned handle is taken from a large limb of a live oak that grows on the Alamo grounds. The familiar blade is 14" long and is crafted from high-carbon steel, hand-forged over a 10-day period. The blade is engraved on both sides with historical tributes to the men who fought and died at the Alamo. On each side is a single gold star for the fabled Lone Star of Texas. It is engraved with "Give Me Help, Oh my Country," and has a certificate of authenticity. Only 1,836 will be made, representing the year of the Battle of the Alamo.
MODEL 003 - ROBERT E LEE KNIFE
"From Sword to Knife." Loading rifles during the Civil War was time consuming and impossible in close combat. The Confederacy would scour battlefields for other objects that could be used as weapons, especially in close quarters. Broken swords of offers were especially prized because of the superior steel used in the blades. Soldiers would quickly turn the broken blade into a close combat "d-guard" knife, so named because of the hand guard. Gen. Robert E. Lee was no exception, and carried a "d-guard" knife he made from his own broken sword.
The Robert E. Lee knife is a D-guard Bowie, modeled after an original surviving "d-guard" knife. The blade measures 8 1/2" and is hand-forged from 420 high-carbon steel with a hand guard of solid brass. The wood handle is taken directly from a black oak on the grounds of Lee's former estate in Arlington, Virginia. It's decorated with 13 brass stars forming the familiar pattern of the "Stars and Bars" Confederate flag, symbolizing the pride of the South. It is engraved with "First Gentleman of Virginia," with a certificate of authenticity. Only 1,807 knives, the year Lee was born — will be made.
MODEL 004 - EISENHOWER KNIFE
"There is a small window of relatively good weather." Supreme Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower received these words from his chief meteorologist, advising him of weather conditions during the largest accumulation of force the Germans would encounter during World War II. Nearly 3 million men awaited is order. On Monday, June 6th, 1944, at 0415 hrs. Ike said, "Let's go," and the Battle of Normandy, "D-Day", became one of the most memorable days in world history.
The Dwight D. Eisenhower knife is patterned after the timeless and famed model of the GI M3, issued to many GI's who fought on D-Day. The wood handle is taken from a green ash tree descendent that shaded Dwight D. Eisenhower's home in Denison, TX. The blade is hand-forged 420 high carbon steel with brass bolsters. The engraving will read, "Normandy, 1944. 'Let's go'." Certificate of authenticity. 1,944 knives will be made to honor the year of the D-Day invasion.
MODEL 005 - CRAZY HORSE KNIFE
"Tashunka Witko," Oglala Lakota Sioux Warrior. Crazy Horse was born around 1845 on the Republican River that traces the Nebraska-Kansas border. He was raised with tribal traditions of generosity, courage and self-denial. He ordered the attack on Lt. Col. George A. Custer's Seventh Cavalry and never surrendered the lands claimed by his people. When asked where were his lands, he replied, "My lands are where my dead lie buried."
The Crazy Horse knife sports a handle made of wood from a grove of aspen trees, which grew on the sacred Pine Ridge Reservation land in southern Nebraska. The Aspen is revered by the Sioux Nation as the "Tree of Life." The 4 1/2" x 1 1/2" blade is made from knapped obsidian, a hard volcanic glass. Its color is variegated rust black and is affixed to the hilt with leather strips. Horsehair tassels dangle from brass cones, threaded with bone beads lashed to the leather binding. Four brass tacks represent the four seasons. The fringed buckskin sheath is brain-tanned, hand-made and beaded with a familiar Sioux pattern. A certificate of authenticity is included. 1,847 knives — commemorating the year Crazy Horse was born — will be produced.
MODEL 006 - VIETNAM KNIFE
The Vietnam knife handle is made of Khan Hin wood from the Ho Chi Minh Trail. This model is reminiscent of the one favored by members of the MACV-SOG whose emblem is inside the box. 1,975 knives, commemorating the year the war ended, will be produced.
If you know a knife collector, the classic Living History Series would make an excellent, much appreciated gift. This unique series features handles made from trees taken from historic grounds. Of special interest is the Crazy Horse model’s 4 1/2” blade made from volcanic hand-knapped obsidian. Or the Vietnam knife, with a handle made from Khan Hin wood from the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Browning’s Living History knives received the Shooting Industry’s “Knife of the Year” award.