Belt knife with lightning burl…

Here is a belt knife forged from 15n20/1075 damascus and bears buffalo horn ‘lightning strike burl’.  This wood is old growth white oak salvaged by divers.  A local logger told me that the pattern comes from a previous lightning strike. The blade on this knife is 3 and 3/4 inches and the total length is 8 inches. The blade thickness at the ricasso is just under 3/16″.

I’m asking $300 with sheath. I can provide additional pictures upon request.


  1. Rick Barker

    Scott, I am intrigued by the story and material of the “lightning strike burl” knife. Any idea how old the oak would be and where it was recovered? “Diver salvaged, and lightning strike burl” certainly makes it interesting, unusual, and beautiful! Yes, I would like to see additional photos of the knife and sheath. Do you have more of this oak for future knives? I have a few knives that the blade material was from wagon springs found buried in old Calif. miner ghost towns, or from old saw blades found around turn of the century logging sawmills. History in the blade material. Thanks for additional info and photos! Rick

    • Scott Roush

      Hi Rick… I just sent an email with my response.

    • Scott Roush

      Oh… and btw… I’ve made many blades from materials similar to the wagon wheel iron. In fact I just posted a Viking knife made that way. Iron made previous to 1840 is my favorite material to work with…

  2. Tom hopkins

    Can I have some more pictures of the buffalo horn lightning belt knife please?

    • Scott Roush

      Hi Tom,

      I haven’t had time to update this yet.. but this knife is now sold. Email me and we can discuss something similar to be made??

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