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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


"Domovoi", obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steeel bolsters, African dumortierite gemstone handle, hand-carved, tooled, hand-dyed leather sheath
"Domovoi", obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steeel bolsters, African dumortierite gemstone handle, hand-carved, tooled, hand-dyed leather sheath
"Domovoi" Fine Handmade Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 12.8" (32.5 cm), Blade Length: 6.75" (17.2 cm), Thickness: .174" (4.4 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 16 oz. (454 grams), Sheath 1 (Green Leaves): 8.5 oz. (241 grams), Sheath 2 (Black): 7.5 oz. (213 grams)
  • Blade: ATS-34 High Molybdenum Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to 59HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: Hand-engraved 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Handle: African Dumortierite Gemstone
  • Sheaths (2): Hand-carved, tooled, hand dyed leather shoulder
  • Knife: The Domovoi is named for the Slavic house spirit, who insists on keeping your house in order. This Domovoi is disciplined and neat, as well as colorful and unique and I enjoyed making it. The blade profile is a new design of mine, a clipped trailing point in thin and sharp ATS-34 high molybdenum martensitic stainless tool steel, with a deep and beautifully mirror polished hollow grind. This steel remains very tough and durable, resistant to breakage at a high hardness, and I hardened and tempered this blade to 59HRC for great wear resistance and longevity of the cutting edge. The grinds are matched, well-formed and balanced side to side, with nicely radiused grind terminations and a two third's length top swage. The blade is fully fileworked with a clean, airy pattern, from swage throughout the tapered tang to the choil. The knife is bolstered in hand-engraved high nickel, high chromium 304 austenitic stainless steel, contoured, comfortable, and mirror polished. The engraving on the bolsters are long leaves, intertwined, twisted, and overlapped to compliment the fields of the wide bolster faces. The bolsters are dovetailed and bed a pair of Dumortierite gemstone handle scales from Africa. This is a new material; I've use Dumortierite before, but never some as blue as this. This is a hard and tough aluminum borosilicate, with bits of micaceous inclusions and natural blues ranging from a light creamy sky blue to near black. The gem is smoothly polished and will stay that way for many decades. This is a beautiful stone, and I hope I can get more of it! The knife handle feels comfortable and solid in the hand, and the balance point is right at the forefinger location in a forward grip style.
  • Sheaths: I decided to offer two sheaths for this knife, for two completely different looks and arrangements. The first sheath is a deep, hand-carved, hand-tooled, and hand-dyed sheath in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, with leaves matching the bolster engraving in graduated green to warm yellows carved on the front, back, and even on the belt loop. This sheath is bold and striking, and is smooth, contoured, lacquered and sealed, hand-stitched with polyester sinew. The second sheath is hand-carved with bundled leaves that match the bolster engravings, dyed in black with natural highlights of warm browns in bright light. The sheath has a double strap nickel plated steel snap retention that displays the knife handle and engraving while protecting the blade. It's hand-stitched with black nylon, carved and tooled front and back, lacquered and sealed. With two sheaths, the display and carry of the knife is bold and diverse.
  • A true work of original art and creation, beautiful and unique.

Thanks, T. S.!

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"Domovoi" reverse side view. Sheath is hand-carved, hand-dyed on back and on belt loop, matching engraving on bolsters "Domovoi" spine edgework, filework detail. Filework is light and clean throughout fully tapered tang "Domovoi" inside handle tang view. Knife is fully finished, contoured, radiused, and polished throughout for comfort and class "Domovoi" obverse side handle detail. Dumortierite is a striking gemstone from Africa, in deep blues and bits of micaceous inclusions "Domovoi" reverse side handle detail. Dumortierite is hard and takes a high polish and fine finish "Domovoi" obverse side front bolster engraving detial. Leaf pattern is full and flowing, this is a four power enlargement! "Domovoi" obverse side rear bolster engraving detail. Four power enlargement shows hand-engraving in stainless steel, rich natural colors of blue gemstone handle "Domovoi" sheathed view. This sheath is hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder, deep and protective with bold texture and color "Domovoi" sheath front face detail. I used successive dying process to get the color transitions and contrast on the sheath tooled leather "Domovoi" sheathed view. Black sheath with brown highlights is hand-carved, hand tooled, with a more traditional style "Domovoi" black sheath rear view. Sheath back is hand carved in leaf motif even on belt loop "Domovoi" sheath retention detial. This sheath displays the handle material and engraving with security from nickel plated steel snap on straps "Domovoi" point detail. Blade is slightly trailing, clipped, and thin and tough with high wear resistance

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