WILLIAM “Bill” GORDON DEFREEST
William Gordon Defreest made some of the cleanest and most beautiful Hunters and Skinners that I have ever come across. If you are not familiar with his work you owe it to yourself to seek out a couple of his knives for your collection.
A Barber by trade in the 1970’s Bill had a desire to make a knife of his own so he sought out the closest person that he could find that could teach him, a man who at that time had already begun making a name for himself in the small community of Knife Makers – George Herron.
Bill studied with George and by all accounts was a quick student. Most of Bill’s knives will exhibit the Herron influences – clean design, a fine Mirror Polish, Tapered Tang and superb ergonomics.
Fort Henry Custom Knives is proud to offer knives by the late Bill Gordon Defreest
This is a Rare “Limited Edition” Ducks Unlimited Hunter
Several times in the early 1980’s Bill was commissioned by Ducks Unlimited to build 10 Custom Knives for their annual banquet. This is one of those rare Vintage pieces, a superbly executed General Purpose Hunter with all the Bells and Whistles
This knife has an Amazing Mirror Polished ATS-34 blade with a Very High Hollow Grind.
This example has superb color Scrimshaw on the 20,000 Year Old Mastadon Ivory by Bob Burdette.
This knife has a Steeply Tapered Tang and very comfortable Full Grip handle.
This particular blade is Marked with Serial Number “D. U. – 10” . Note the Unusual Nickel Silver Scooped Bolster that extends onto the Tang of the Blade.
This is an Incredible blend of Art and Mastery by two great Craftsman.
This knife comes in the Original Wooden Display Box with Suede Lining
Please contact me if you have any Questions.
This knife is Sold AS IS – No Returns and No Warranty