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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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Cygnus-Horrocks

"Cygnus-Horrocks" custom handmade knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Australian Tiger Iron gemstone handle, Ostrich leg skin inlaid in hand-carved leather shoulder
"Cygnus-Horrocks" Fine Handmade Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 11.6" (29.5 cm), Blade Length: 6.0" (15.2 cm), Thickness: .269" (6.8 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb. 3.0 oz. (539 grams) Sheath: 6.7 oz. (190 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to 59HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Australian Tiger Iron Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather shoulder inlaid with Ostrich Leg Skin
  • Knife: This beautiful Cygnus-Horrocks custom knife has a handsome dark look. The blade is mirror-polished and accurately ground in 440C high chromium martensitic stainless tool steel for the highest corrosion resistance of any tool steel coupled with great wear resistance and high hardness. The blade is deeply hollow ground, matched from side to side with impressive lines, crisp and clean. The knife spine has a two-thirds length top swage to reduce point profile, and the spine is a very thick and strong .269" (6.8 mm). The spine is deeply fileworked with a punchy arrow pattern, throughout the tapered tang all around the handle to the front bolster quillon. The knife is bolstered with zero-care high nickel, high chromium 304 austenitic stainless steel bolsters, which are full and sculpted, contoured, and polished for a smooth and comfortable grip. The dovetailed bolsters bed a pair of Australian Tiger Iron gemstone handle scales, in deep, rich red Jasper, dark gray hematite, and a few highlights of tiger eye quartz. I carefully sliced this gem to reveal a wavy pattern, which looks like flowing lava in metallic stone. The gemstone is tough and hard and smooth and inviting, and the knife balances right at the forefinger location in a forward grip style. The rear bolster has a 5/16" chamfered lanyard hole for extra security, and the blade is honed to a razor-keen edge.
  • Sheath: Commensurate with the knife, the sheath had to display the same masculine quality, so I made it in 9-10 oz. heavy leather shoulder, hand-carved and dyed medium brown, hand-stitched throughout with polyester sinew. The sheath has 14 inlays of black Ostrich Leg skin and even the double-row stitched belt loop has exotic skin inlays. The sheath is lacquered and sealed throughout, and holds the knife deeply enough to protect the blade and the wearer, yet offers easy extraction with the hawk's bill rear quillon.
  • A great, handsome, and substantial knife in striking materials.

Thanks, R. F.!


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"Cygnus-Horrocks" custom knife, reverse side view. Sheath belt loop is double row stitched for strength, sheath back and loop have ostrich leg skin inlays "Cygnus-Horrocks" spine edgework, filework detail. Spine is fully fileworked in deeply cut arrow pattern. Note wide bolster-supported thumb ramp "Cygnus-Horrocks" inside handle tang view. Tang is fully tapered for balance, bolsters are dovetailed and handle scales bedded and solid. All surfaces are contoured and polished for a smooth and comfortable grip "Cygnus-Horrocks" obverse side handle detail. Australian Tiger Iron is tough, hard, and very durable, taking a smooth polish "Cygnus-Horrocks" reverse side handle detial. Australian Tiger Iron is wave-cut, with bands of red jasper, hematite, and tiger eye quartz "Cygnus-Horrocks" sheathed view. Sheath is deep and protective, with tough inlays in hand-carved leather shoulder in black and brown.

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