Oliver Goldschmidt #2
Random in name only, this Damascus creation by Oliver goes to the roots of the knife that inspired the Jim Bowie Project; it not only captures its frontier spirit, but also imbues it with an unmistakable Italian sensibility. Indeed, little is random about the process he designed around making this knife. As one admires the end result, one imagines Oliver in his forge in his native Tuscany, first mapping out every aspect of smithing the blade and the integral guard, each arc and angle of the handle and his signature pommel; then concretizing this vision step by step. The gold-plated section of the spine brings back the brass back of the original Bowie; and the same effect on the profiles of the guard and ricasso evokes emotions and associations as often only contemporary art can.

Serial number





O2/15n20 steels


Random pattern



Guard & Fittings

Integral forged guard, steel buttcap, gold-plated details on spine, ricasso and buttcap


Carbon fiber

Build time

95 hours




Serial number JG-C-A-C-OG
Exterior Calf with alligator insert
Lining Calf
Concho Sterling silver
Stud Samuel Lurquin’s damascus, milled by Nicolas Verschuere
Build time 11 hours


Oliver Goldschmidt

From Italy.

At 14, Oliver wasn’t satisfied with imagining the swords his heroes wielded in
fantasy novels; he wanted to make them. As a local blacksmith took him under his wing, he built his own forge. He would spend the next ten years learning and perfecting his skills before unveiling his creations. He won the prize for best straight knife, an inspired creation, at the famed Belgian Knife Society show in Gembloux in 2018, his first outside Italy. Oliver says he gets his best ideas at night and that by the time he begins forging, he can fully visualize the finished knife; if the picture blurs, he knows he can count on the anvil to bring it back into focus. Integrals – where bolster-guard and blade form one piece – are his specialty and he defines his signature style around this construction method.