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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

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"Chama" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved low carbon steel bolsters, snowflake obsidian gemstone handle, emu skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Chama" Hunting, Utility, Collector's Knife

The Chama is one of my early patterns, designed with the help and input of a professional hunting guide whose specialty is the great American Elk. The Chama was named for a mountain town in New Mexico that is near elk habitat, and home for many professional outfitting companies and lodges. He wanted a knife that could be used to field dress several of these huge animals without needing sharpened, and could get inside the animal to work. So the Chama is designed as a three-fingered knife, with a handle that is only large enough for three fingers so the handle butt does not protrude from the palm. The blade is a wide, stout dropped point, for skinning and dressing with a deeply hollow ground blade that provides plenty of belly and a razor-keen cutting edge with great serviceability and longevity in the design.

This Chama has a mirror polished 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved low carbon steel bolsters, and beautiful and distinctive Snowflake Obsidian gemstone handle scales. To match the knife, the sheath is made of gray Emu skin inlays in hand-carved leather shoulder, dyed black, hand-stitched, lacquered, and sealed.

A beautiful older design that is still a pleasure to make and to see.

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"Chama" reverse side view. Note sheath inlays of exotic emu skin in leather shoulder, on sheath back. Snowflake obsidian is rich and beautiful "Chama" spine edgework, filework detail. Spine is fully tapered, fully fileworked, bolsters and handle scales are dovetailed for a locking, solid fit "Chama" sheathed view. Sheath is deep yet allows enough of the rear bolster quillon to extract knife from sheath with ease

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