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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 Collector's Art Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 12.9" (32.7 cm), Blade Length: 8.0" (20.3 cm), Thickness: .240" (6.1 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb., 3 oz. (539 grams) Sheath: 8.0 oz.(227 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to 58HRC, 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, Argiope is an imposing tactical work of art. This design has a proven combat record and this Argiope is made in collector's art form, finely finished, engraved, and with a stunning gemstone handle. 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 beautiful appearance. The edge has a slight recurve, just enough to give the edge profile a good section of curved belly. The point is graceful 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 contact while adding unique and original artistic character. I made 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 striking richness of color in rusty oranges, gold, yellows, and translucent agate and crystal. The handle is comfortable, smooth, and with significant weight and balance in the hand for a stout feel. The balance point is at the front bolster face.
  • 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 17 pieces of Black 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.
  • A stunning large knife for the collector of tactical art knives

Thanks, J. B.!

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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 gemstone handle detail. Polvadera Jasper has chaldedony, agate, and jasper in translucent and transparent types "Argiope" reverse side gemstone knife handle detail. Note nice flow banding, agate seams and brilliant color and finish "Argiope" obverse side front bolster detail. Note pattern in bolster engraving matches lines in knife design, finger ring in handle "Argiope" reverse side rear bolster hand-engraving detail "Argiope" sheathed view. Note nice placement, arrangement, and orientation of protective and neatly designed sheath "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" sheath rear belt loop top detail. Note how loop and stitching follows design from sheath front echoing finger ring circle and display window "Argiope" sheath mouth detail. Note substantial thickness of knife handle and sheath overall "Argiope" blade tip and grind detail. This is a large, well ground, and beautifully finished symmetrical piece of handmade high chromium  tool steel "Argiope" finger ring view. Note full polish of ring, inside and out for smooth comfort and complete detailing.

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