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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


"Eridanus" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Plasma Agate gemstone handle, Elephant skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Eridanus" Fine Handmade Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 10.75" (27.3 cm), Blade Length: 6.0" (15.2 cm), Thickness: .200" (5.1 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 7.8 oz. (221 grams) Sheath: 5.0 oz.(142 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58, mirror finished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: Hand-engraved 304 Austenitic High Nickel, High Chromium Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Plasma Agate Gemstone
  • Sheath: Elephant Skin Inlaid in Hand-carved Leather
  • Knife: Eridanus is named for the constellation, an ancient Greek river in the sky of stars. The nice lines of this knife flow well; it is one of my more graceful patterns. The blade shape is well suited to a variety of tasks asked of a knife, whether boning or utility, chef's prep or collection: Eridanus suits them all. The blade is long and narrow, but I made this one in substantially thick stock, with a good length of spine to support the razor sharp hollow ground and mirror finished blade. I chose a simple and accurate filework, regimented but not too overbearing fully along the tapered tang, handle, and blade. The bolsters are 304 austenitic stainless steel, for great toughness, wear resistance, and the highest corrosion resistance of any bolster material. I engraved a pattern that reflects the swirls and growth of the cosmos, in deep relief with a bright surface finish. The front bolster has a sculpted polished face, and both bolsters are dovetailed to bed a pair of striking Plasma Agate gemstone handle scales. This agate comes from an area around the ghost town of New Idria in central California and is striking in whites, cream, tans, browns, and a variety of greens with splendid patterns and scenes within the stone. It reminds me of the birthplace of stars, and you can see all sorts of images deep within the stone. It is a hard, tough, and durable agate that keeps a bright glassy polish. The knife feels cool, smooth, and comfortable in the hand.
  • Sheath: The sheath for this fine knife has a distinct matching character, with full panel inlays of Elephant skin in rich tan that closely match the colors in the gemstone handle. The panels are inlaid the face, the back, and the belt loop, and the sheath body is made of 9 - 10 oz. leather shoulder, dyed a deeper tan color, hand-stitched with polyester sinew in an alternating length stitch pattern, lacquered and sealed. The sheath is deep and protective for the knife and owner.
  • A colorful, unique, elegant, and graceful knife.

Thanks, K. D.!

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"Eridanus" reverse side view. Note full panel inlays of elephant skin on back of sheath, tight stitching and color matching of knife handle "Eridanus" spine edgework, filework detail. I chose a simple, bold, and clean filework for this thick and strong blade "Eridanus" inside handle edgework, filework detial. Note fully tapered tang, dovetailed bolsters and bedded handle material "Eridanus" obverse side handle detail. Handle is Plasma Agate, very tough, hard, and durable gemstone with striking patterns and colors "Eridanus" reverse side handle detail. Handle shape is comfortable and secure, note clean choil for blade grind termination "Eridanus" obverse side front bolster detail. This photograph is a four power enlargement of the knife. Note sculpted front bolster face, swirling and bold engraving pattern. "Eridanus" reverse side rear bolster engraving detail. Photograph is a four power enlargement of the knife. Note the striking beauty of the gemstone. I tried to accent the swirls and currents in the agate matrix with the engraving in highly corrosion resistant 304 stainless steel "Eridanus" sheathed view. Elephant skin is tough and strong, the color chosen matches the beauty of the agate gemstone knife handle.

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