Bill Gordon Defreest – Rare D. U. Hunter – Westinghouse – Scrimshaw


Item Condition: New
Handle Material: Westinghouse Micarta  
Blade Steel: ATS 34
Blade Length: 3  1/2″
OAL: 8″
Sheath: None


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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 Vintage Westinghouse Micarta by Bob Burdette. 

This knife has a Gently Tapered Tang and very comfortable Full Grip handle

This particular blade is Marked with Serial Number “D. U. – 5

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.  

MINT Condition 

This knife is Sold AS IS – No Returns and No Warranty 

Additional information

Weight1 lbs
Dimensions9 × 6 × 3 in


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