Overall: 8 in
This unique knife is designed to do all the work a busy ranch hand needs. The sideways carry of the sheath lets the knife sit comfortably while seated or on horseback. When its time to cut a lasso, or free a tangle critter from the bush, the rounded point will keep both you and your animals safe from accidental stabs.
I was introduced to this style of knife by some ranchers from out west who wanted to make them in my knife making class. Here is the feedback I got from them about how their blade held up in the field. Rhoan is the name of one of the boys that made these Cowboy scalpels.
" Yesterday we branded about 75 calves. This also consists of castrating the bulls. Not sure exactly but approx 1/2 were bull calves. The guy we had doing that job started off with a bought Cowboy Scalpel and Rhoan's Cowboy Scalpel that he made. He started with the bought one cut 2 calves before it lost it's edge. He switched to Rhoan's and it held an edge through the entire works (even had a calf kick it and caused the blade to go across the metal chute. At the end it would still shave! "