IRBI Irvin Campbell Custom Handmade Fixed Blade Knife, Oosik Handle, w/Sheath


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Offered for sale is a custom fixed-blade knife, hand-made in USA by IRBI Irvin Campbell of Seward, Alaska, circa 1970s or 1980s.  “IRBI” stands for “I’d rather be independent.”  Irvin Campbell opened his knife shop in 1971, and is well known for being a highly accomplished knife maker while his wife Clara Campbell made the custom sheaths.  Clara Campbell passed away in 1990, and Irvin Campbell passed away in 2006.  Today, Irvin’s son Virgil makes the IRBI knives, while his wife Dawn makes the sheaths.  This knife features a carbon steel drop-point blade, a brass single hilt, hidden-tang construction, and a walrus oosik bone handle with a brass butt cap.  The blade is 4-1/4″ long and is 3/8″ thick at the hilt, and has a visible temper line.  Campbell hardened the cutting edge of his knives to improve edge-holding ability while giving the rest of the blade a more resilient temper so the blade would not fracture if bent.  Overall length is approximately 8-1/2″.  The blade is tang stamped IRBI Irvin Campbell Seward, Alaska and the knife is in excellent condition overall, showing signs of light use and carry.  The blade appears to be at least 99% intact.  The handle is in excellent condition, except for some minor naturally-occurring blemishes in the bone material.  The knife comes with a right-handed Clara Campbell sheath.  This knife is very well made, and will provide many more years of service with proper care.  Or, it would be right at home in a collection of custom knives.  You can own this very high quality handmade knife for $399.99.