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"Orion" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Rio Grande Agate gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with frog skin


"Argiope" tactical art knife: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Polvadera Jasper gemstone handle, ostrich leg skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
Argiope Tactical Art Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 13.0" (33.0 cm), Blade Length: 8.25" (21.0cm), Thickness: .240" (6.1 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb., 1 oz. Sheath: 9.6 oz.
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58, mirror finished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: Hand-engraved 304 Austenitic High Nickel, High Chromium Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Polished Polvadera Jasper Gemstone
  • Sheath: Ostrich Leg Skin Inlaid in Hand-carved Leather
  • Knife: Named a large and formidable spider in the southeast, Argiope is an imposing tactical work of art. This design has a proven combat record and my client wanted the knife made in pure art form, finely finished, engraved, and with gemstone and exotic skin accoutrements. I did my best not to disappoint! The large, meaty, and thick blade is deeply hollow ground and mirror finished 440C high chromium martensitic stainless tool steel, for great durability, corrosion resistance, longevity, and appearance. The edge has a slight recurve, just enough to give the edge profile a good section of curved belly, made for slicing. The point is thin yet stout, with a top side half-length polished swage that reduces cross-sectional profile without sacrificing strength. The blade has full filework where it counts, on the spine and throughout the handle, in a compact, modified deep-vee vine form, that increases tactile strength while adding unique and original character. I left the rear finger ring clean, smooth, and polished for a comfortable feel inside and out. The bolsters are triple-pinned high chromium, high nickel austenitic 304 stainless steel, for zero care and long lasting beauty. I hand-engraved a carefully designed pattern on their faces, one that incorporates the ring theme of the knife handle and the vine motif of the filework. I enjoyed applying the complex and graceful curves and lines of the blade into the engraving, and if you know my work, you know that very few people ever attempt to engrave this tough, hard, and beautiful stainless steel. The bolsters are mirror finished throughout; even the sculpted faces are mirrored. The dovetailed bolsters bed a stunning pair of Polvadera Jasper gemstone handle scales, some of the most beautiful jasper from our southwest. This is a hard, tough, extremely durable material with the beautiful richness of color... I'll let the pictures speak to that! The handle is comfortable, smooth, and with significant weight and balance in the hand.
  • Sheath: A knife this extraordinary needed a commensurate sheath, and I went all-out on a hand-carved, hand-tooled sheath of 9 - 10 oz. leather shoulder, inlaid with 16 pieces of Burgundy Ostrich leg skin that match the complex and graceful curves of the knife blade and engraving. I made the sheath with a nicely placed "window" that echoes the round finger ring, the engraved design, and displays the front bolster well. I carried this ringed pattern on the rear of the sheath in the fully inlaid belt loop. The sheath is adorned with carved accents and outlined borders. The sheath is dyed a medium rich brown, hand-stitched with polyester sinew, lacquered and sealed.
  • It's going to hurt to say goodbye to this one!

Thanks, T. G.!

Hi Jay
Jay, the knife is superb....well worth the wait. I am very grateful that you have made this knife so brilliantly. Thank you for everything. Thank you again for supplying me with the best custom knife money can buy, it is truly outstanding. I will surely be placing an order for one of my own very soon.
Thanks for everything


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"Argiope" reverse side view. Note full tooling and inlay on rear of sheath "Argiope" Spine edgework, filework detail. Note deep vee vine filework with accents. "Argiope" inside handle tang detail. Note full filework, dovetailed bolsters and gemstone handle material, fully tapered tang. "Argiope" obverse side handle detail. Handle has "gun" curves, substantial rear finger ring in tapered stainless steel tang "Argiope" reverse side handle detail. Polvadera Jasper gemstone handle is striking, very hard, tough, and durable. "Argiope" obverse side front bolster detail. Note pattern in bolster engraving matches lines in knife design, finger ring in handle "Argiope" tactical art knife reverse side rear bolster engraving detail. "Argiope" tactical art knife, sheathed view. The sheath displays the front bolster engraving in a ringed "window" that matches the design theme of the knife "Argiope" sheathed view handle detail. I like how the alignment, deep "vee" and ringed display frames the handle "Argiope" sheath rear belt loop, ostrich leg skin inlay detail. Note the ringed pattern in sheath belt loop top and stitching "Argiope" sheath edge detail. Multiple welt sheath is thick, stout, and strong, with welts over 3/4" thick at mouth.

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