Gaucho - 5" / Stag Antler
The 5¼” blade is made in Solingen, Germany of drop-forged high carbon tool steel and assembled in Böker’s cutlery in Buenos Aires, Argentina by skilled craftsman using shed native Patagonian deer antler handles. Includes a traditional leather sheath.
The Gaucho, are the South America Cowboy. His most prized possession was his knife. It is his only tool and is used for everything; from cleaning his horses hooves to food preparation to settling a disagreement. Called a facón which is a derivation of the Portuguese faca, a large-bladed fighting and utility knife that accompanied Portuguese explorers and émigrés during their settlement and exploration of Brazil. Deprived of their ability to wear a sword by various edicts, Spanish caballeros in South America adopted the facón, particularly in the nations of Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina as a convenient weapon of self-defense. The facón was later universally adopted by the gaucho and by men of the rural working class in Argentina and Uruguay.
The knife is typically worn at the back and tucked into the gaucho’s belt to allow it to be quickly drawn.