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"Amethistine" dagger, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, diffusion welded copper, nickel silver fittings, sterling silver gallery wire wrap and accents, Amethyst crystal gemstone pommel, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with black rayskin


"Aries" folding knife, obverse side view in damascus stainless steel blade and bolsters, anodized titanium liners, New Zealand Jade gemstone handle, Black Galaxy Granite gemstone case
"Aries" Fine Custom Handmade Folding Knife
  • Type: Liner lock folding knife
  • Size: Length overall open: 6.3" (16.0 cm), Length overall closed: 3.75" (9.5 cm) Blade Length: 2.5" (6.4 cm), Blade Thickness: .107" ( 2.7 cm)
  • Weight: Knife: 3.6 oz. (102 grams) , Case: 10 oz. (284 grams)
  • Blade: AEB-L Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel with 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58
  • Liners: Anodized 6AL4V Titanium
  • Handle: Polished New Zealand Jade (Pounamu) Gemstone
  • Case: Black Galaxy Granite gemstone, suede leather, neoprene feet
  • Knife: This beautiful collector's knife was custom made for a very special client who supplied the very rare and highly valued gemstone for the handle. The knife is my "Aries" pattern, a folding liner lock knife with beautiful details. The blade, spine, and bolsters are made of carved and hollow ground damascus pattern welded stainless steel, in tough and wear-resistant AEB-L martensitic stainless tool steel married with 304 austenitic stainless steel in a twist pattern. The blade is hollow ground and the blade and spacer (handle spine) are hand-carved in a rope filework pattern for deep texture. The spacer terminates in a nice carved tail lanyard hole at the butt of the handle, and all damascus surfaces are etched for a clear rendering of the intricate pattern. The inside of the spacer frame is also fileworked and etched completely. Even the spine-mounted thumb-opener is intricately fileworked and etched in damascus stainless steel. All mechanical fasteners on the knife are 304 stainless steel. The liners are 6AL4V titanium and are fully fileworked with a tiny, accurate vine pattern, and then fully anodized to a deep cobalt blue color for a hint of visual contrast. The bolsters are dovetailed and bed a pair of rare gemstone handle scales. This is Pounamu, the New Zealand greenstone, a nephrite jade that is tough and beautiful, with deep green character and some translucency. This is some of the hardest jade to acquire, as all exports of this stone are tightly controlled. My client was able to furnish me enough for this project to honor his love for New Zealand. The knife is light and comfortable in the hand with smooth and tight action.
  • Case: A knife of this jewelry quality needed a special place to rest, a sarcophagus both unique and striking. I hand-carved, shaped, lapped, and polished this case of Black Galaxy Granite from India. This is gabbric anthorsite, and is a hard, tough, and very durable granite. It has inclusions of bronzite (enstatine) which create a coppery spangled reflection in the light which varies depending on the angle and light. This is a beautiful granite, with no veining and a uniform finish, lapped and polished throughout, even on the inside surfaces. The inside is carved to accept the knife, and is lined with green suede leather for protection of the knife. The lid has keyed holes which engage 304 stainless steel buttons for a snug fit. I inlayed neoprene feet in the bottom so the case can safely rest on any surface without scratching.
  • A refined, elegant, and striking unique knife.

Thanks, K. D.!

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Black Galaxy Granite case for Aries folding knife is tough and beautiful, a granite from India "Aries" view in granite case. Case is lined with green suede leather for protection of knife "Aries" out of granite case. Case lid is keyed with stainless steel buttons for matched seating of lapped an polished surfaces "Aries" liner lock folding knife, folded view. Knife is tight and solid in damascus stainless steel, titanium, and New Zealand Pounamu Nephrite Jade gemstone "Aries" reverse side view. Twist pattern damascus stainless steel blade, bolsters, and frame with stainless steel screws "Aries" spine view. Blue anodized titanium liners are fileworked in intricate vine pattern, spine is fileworked in rope pattern "Aries" inside handle view. Even inside of frame is fileworked and etched pattern welded damascus stainless steel "Aries" obverse side handle detail. Pounamu is New Zealand Nephrite Jade gemstone, hard, tough, and durable with a bright, translucent finish "Aries" reverse side handle detial. Jade is tough and durable, locked and bedded to the liners and secured with dovetailed bolsters in damascus stainless steel "Aries" blade, spine, and thumb opener detail. All surfaces are etched damascus pattern welded stainless steel, all fasteners are 304 stainless steel. "Aries" butt detail. Knife terminates with "tail" lanyard hole, sculpted, carved, etched and finished. "Aries" in half-open position. Deep hollow grind in etched stainless steel damascus blade with Pounamu New Zealand Green Nephrite Jade gemstone knife handle "Aires" damascus pattern welded twist design detail. All stainless steel damascus is AEB-L and 304 stainless steels for good wear characteristics and high corrosion reisistance "Aries" twist pattern welded damascus stainless steel blade detail. Bolsters, spacer frame, and blade are all from teh same billet of steel

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