1979-1981 Kershaw Model; 1030 Deer Hunter
The Kershaw Hunters;
In the mid-1970s, Peter Kershaw, formerly a marketing representative at Gerber Legendary Knives formed his own company together with his wife Judy and shipped their first knife in 1974. He had sent a Made in USA Gerber fixed Blade to Ichiro Hattori to serve as a design basis for the series of knives that became the Kershaw 10X0 series. The blades were all Aus8 and while the original models had wood handles, the basic production models used a phenolic resin handle. Kershaw was shipped its first order in 1974.
This knife was produced in 1979-1981 as indicated by the tang stamps Left side: Kershaw. Right side: 1050, Japan
The Deer Hunter is big, bold, and incredibly practical. The blade is constructed of tough AUS8A stainless steel rated 56-58 on the Rockwell scale. Black finger groove phenolic handle with brass finger guard and pommel. Brown leather belt sheath included.
•Steel: AUS8A stainless-steel
•Handle: Phenolic and brass
•Blade Length: 4 in. (10.3 cm)
•Overall Length: 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm)
•Weight: 8.2 oz.
•Quality leather Sheath included- Double strap model
This knife does not have a box but appears untouched. Judge for yourself from the photos. The Model 1030 was the most popular of the series due to its design and size. This knife has the unique double keeper strap.
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