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Svord Van Tompsky Ranger Knife Made In New Zealand Carbon Steel Wood Handle

Svord Van Tompsky Ranger Knife Made In New Zealand Carbon Steel Wood Handle

SKU: F4747F

The Von Tompsky Ranger (VTR) model is the smaller brother of the Von Tempsky Bowie (VTB), which is one heck of a knife. The Ranger is a more carryable knife measuring in at 28 cm overall with a 16 cm carbon steel blade. It's got the same leather sheath as the Bowie model, with a belt loop and button snap closure. The hardwood handle has a small lanyard hole as well as two holes built into the guard to make attaching the knife to a stick or pole much easier and more secure. You can't go wrong carrying this knife every day as it's solidly built and spectacular looking but be mindful that you will need to oil the carbon steel blade regularly to prevent oxidation or rust spots forming.


This replica Forest Ranger Bowie Knife is based on the knife design than von Tempsky issued to his company of Forest Rangers in 1863.

Gustavus Ferdinand Von Tempsky, adventurer, soldier and artist, learned the benefits of bowie knife fighting in California while working in the gold fields. He possessed a fine knife of American manufacture for his own use, but had about 30 bowie knives made to his personal design by a cutler of Shortland St, Auckland. These were issued to the men of No. 2 Company, New Zealand Forest Rangers, under Major Von Tempsky's command.

The Forest Rangers were an elite corps of bush-roving scouts employed by the colonial government between August 1863 and October 1867 during the New Zealand Wars. "They were the Forest Rangers, whose very name carries a flavour of adventure in the Dangerous Lands, suggests tales of scouting and skirmish and ambuscade, and bush marching and camping in wary silence." (James Cowan, historian)

The knives were made from waggon spring steel - being one of the few sources of suitable steel available to blacksmiths in Auckland in 1863.

Von Tempsky, an experienced fighter, taught his men to use the bowie knife in one-on-one armed combat. The knife was used to fend off an opponent's attacking blows while a revolver was used in the other hand.

The big knives were also used to clear tracks through bush, dig defensive positions, cut fire wood and for general use about camp.




  • Great condition
  • No signs of use
  • Some rust spot on the blade & tang (consistent with high carbon steel). Can be sanded back
  • Comes with leather sheath




  • Specifications

    Overall Length            28 cm

    Blade Length              16 cm

    Blade Material             Swedish high carbon steel

    Blade Finish                 Satin

    Handle material         Wood

    Weight                           380 g

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