Rigid Model RG 45 Fighting Bowie with sheath NOS RG 45-0720
This high-quality fighting bowie was made from ¼ inch stock in Japan based on a design by renowned Japanese knife maker Takao Fukuta, a member of the American Knifemakers Guild. Takao FUKUTA moved to the USA in 1970 to sell knives and continue to master his craft. In 1978 he was recognized by Robert Wald “Bob” Loveless, known as the “god of knives” in the United States, with whom he began an apprenticeship.
The RG-45 knife blade is 7.5” long with an overall length of 12.0”. The knife resembles the Randall Model 14 blade design and it’s made from 1/4" thick stainless steel with a dark (rosewood?) handle secured with two large stainless type pins, heavy stainless lugged handguard and stainless birds beak pommel end cap which is accented with black, silver and red spacers. One side of the blade has the “RIGID” Logo, other side is stamped “RG 45, Stainless Steel, Japan”. The hilt and bird peak pommel are nickel-silver. The handle has spacers of red, black, nickel-silver and black again extend from the front and back of the handle meeting the hilt and pommel. “Feels great in the hand and has excellent balance. Weight of the knife without the sheath is 12.4 ounces. The sheath is the original RG 45 leather sheath in perfect condition, the blade also does not appear to have been used. They both appear in unused condition, but you judge from the pictures. Includes Knife and leather sheath, box, cardboard blade sheath, and plastic cover.