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"Knapp Trailhead" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Mookaite Jasper gemstone  handle, hand-carved,  hand-dyed leather sheath
Mookaite Jasper Gemstone handle on "Knapp Trailhead"

Gemstone Knife Handle Photo Gallery One

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...of my gemstone knife handles photo galleries. The photo galleries were created to illustrate the many and varied gemstone knife handles I've made over more than three decades of knife making. It's easy to see why stone, rock, minerals, and gemstones have captivated man since the beginning of his existence on this rocky planet and will continue to do so!

The gallery pages are in alphabetic order. To see the master list, please visit the Gemstone Knife Handle Alphabetic List page. The pictures are thumbnails; click on them to see a larger picture with greater detail. Please remember that many of the full sized photographs are physically larger than the knife handle, so you are looking at a magnified version. As with any photo, there may be variations in color, density, and balance between monitors, browsers, and display settings.

You'll probably notice quite a variation in photographic quality of some of the photos. Early in my career, I took pictures of the knives with film, and had the film processed. I wasn't happy with that, so began to process on my own, improving the pictures considerably. Then the digital revolution came, and I moved to the realm of digital photography, improving the photographic quality and gearing my photography for this very digital medium. Many of the images of older knives and handles were scanned from old, low rendition prints and smaller negatives, so the quality of the image is less than optimum, but I included them because I believe it's important to see the gem material.

You'll also see repeats of certain gemstones, like Polvadera Jasper, Nephrite Jade, Red River Jasper, and granites. This is because not only do I use them a lot, but they also have variable character that is hard to describe with merely one photograph. For these same reasons, you'll see both sides of many of the handles, to give a complete view of the character of the gemstone.

Please remember that I do not have all of the gemstones pictured in the galleries available for new custom knife orders. I'll keep new gemstone knife handles posted, so please check back periodically. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about gemstone handled knives, visit my Gemstone Knife Handles page.

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Please click on the thumbnail photos for a full image
White Geodic Agate mounted on linerlock folding knife
White banded geodic agate gemstone knife handle
Agate 1
White geodic agate with hand-engraved stainless steel bolsters
Agate 2
White geodic agate gemstone knife handle, faceted gemstones set in stainless steel bolster
Agate 3
White geodic agate with faceted gemstones in hand-engraved stainless steel bolsters
Agate 4
Argentina Agate is very hard and durable, and has beautiful, intricate and striking patterns
Argentina Agate
Agate from Argentina has reds, clear crystal veins, pinks, and whites and is very hard, taking a lusterous glassy polish
Argentina Agate
Namibian blue lace agate is dyed with a light wash of permanent blue to bring out the color
Agate, Blue Lace
Blue lace agate from Namibia is a very hard and tough agate, this one lightly enhance with blue highlights
Agate, Blue Lace1
Brazilian Agate is hard and tough
Brazilian Agate
Brazilian Agate; this one is geodic, harvested from a large geode. You can see the rings and deposit lines
Brazilian Agate 1
Brazilian Agate is a very hard, tough, and durable stone, a challenge to grind, shape, and polish on a knife handle
Brazilian Agate 2
Cherry Blossom Agate, a rare find
Cherry Blossom Agate
Cherry Blossom Agate gemstone handled custom knife
Cherry Blossom Agate 1
Cherry Blossom Agate on custom knife handle
Cherry Blossom Agate 2
Confetti Agate from Mexico
Confetti Agate
Confetti Agate
Confetti Agate 1
Confetti Agate from Mexico is a very hard, tough, and durable agate, suitable for folding knives because of its great strength
Confetti Agate 2
Confetti Agate takes a very bright, lustrous polish and has striking character
Confetti Agate 3
Crazy Lace Agate
Crazy Lace Agate
Crazy Lace Agate Gemstone
Crazy Lace Agate 1
Crazy Lace Agate gemstone knife handle
Crazy Lace Agate 2
Crazy Lace Agate on blued O-1 linerlcock folding knife
Crazy Lace Agate 3
Crazy Lace Agate gemstone knife handle
Crazy Lace Agate 4
Crazy Lace Agate Gemstone custom knife handle
Crazy Lace Agate 5
Crazy Lace Agate has striking patterns
Crazy Lace Agate 6
Crazy Lace Agate is tough, hard, and keeps a beautiful finish
Crazy Lace Agate 7
Crazy Lace Agate Gemstone on custom handmade knife handle
Crazy Lace Agate 8
Crazy Lace agate is hard, tough, and beautiful
Crazy Lace Agate 9
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate has a variety of bright colors, intricate detail, and crystalline pockets
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate is hard, tough, and takes a bright, glassy polish
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate 1
This is a brightly, multicolored crazy lace agate with intricate and complex visual patterns
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate 2
Crazy lace agate is very hard, tough, and finishes to a vitreous luster
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate 3
Carnival Crazy lace agate is very hard, tough, and durable with fascinating colors and patterns
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate 4
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate can have crystal pockets that become a center of focus
Carnival Crazy Lace Agate 5
Dendritic Agate is named for the treelike structures in the stone
Dendritic Agate
Dendritic Agate is hard and durable, and takes a bright, glassy polish
Dendritic Agate 1
Dendritic Agate agate comes from the Aurangabad District, in Maharashtra, India
Dendritic Agate 2
Dendritic Agate is hard, tough and takes a vitreous polish
Dendritic Agate 3
Golden Midnight Agate is tough and hard black hornfels, agate, and cubic pyrite crystals
Golden Midnight Agate
Golden Midnight agate is rare, from a long-closed mine in Mexico and is no longer available in large quantities
Golden Midnight Agate 1
Golden Midnight agate has cubic crystals of pyrite in a field of black with bands of white agate
Golden Midnight Agate 2
Golden Plume Agate is hard, tough and durable, with mossy inclusions in translucent and clear quartz
Golden Plume Agate
Golden Plume Agate from California is an extremely hard and tough microcrystalline quartz
Golden Plume Agate 1
Indian Green Moss agate on hidden tang with ebony hardwood
Indian Green Moss Agate
Indian Green Moss Agate is hard and durable, and does not necessarily need a rear bolster on a full tang knife
Indian Green Moss Agate 1
Indian Green Moss Agate is transparent in thin sections, shown on this linerlock folding knife handle inlay
Indian Green Moss Agate 2
Indian Green Moss Agate inlaid in 304 stainless steel on liner lock folding knife
Indian Green Moss Agate 3
Indian Green Moss Agate can have a darker, denser character
Indian Green Moss Agate 4
Indian Green Moss Agate handle on tactical knife in stainless steel
Indian Green Moss Agate 5
Indian Green Moss Agate can have translucent, transparent regions with high visual interest
Indian Green Moss Agate 6
Indian Green Moss Agate is very hard and tough, entirely self-supporting on this dagger handle
Indian Green Moss Agate 7
Indian Green Moss Agate is fascinating in pattern, detail, and depth
Indian Green Moss Agate 8
Translucent to transparent, Indian Green Moss Agate gemstone is inlaid in this stainless steel folding knife frame/liner
Indian Green Moss Agate 9
Hard and glassy, Indian Green Moss Agate with bits of crystal inclusions and hard cryptocrystalline quartz takes a glassy polish
Indian Green Moss Agate 10
Moss Agate, a rare find in this quality and character
Moss Agate
Nice Grays and black patterns in this beautiful hard agate gemstone
Moss Agate 1
Striking Moss Agate gemstone knife handle
Moss Agate 2
Moss Agate gemstone with Mokume Gane diffusion welded layered bolsters, blued blade
Moss Agate 3
A rare pattern for moss agate, with striking contrast in this very hard and durable microcrystaline quartz
Moss Agate 4
Black and white moss agate gemstone knife handle is tough and hard on this folding knife
Moss Agate 5
Moss agates also come in various colors
Multicolored Moss Agate
Bright multicolors in Moss Agate from Central America
Multicolored Moss Agate 1
Bright colors in multicolored Moss Agate gemstone, which is hard, tough, and takes a great polish
Multicolored Moss Agate 2
This orbicular agate is solid and hard, taking a bright mirror glossy finish
Orbicular Agate 1
Orbicular agate named for the round orbs of color in tan and black in the hard translucent milky white matrix
Orbicular Agate 2
Multicolored Moss Agate gemstone handled knife
Multicolored Moss Agate 3
Peidersite Agate is a rare stone from Africa, with Tiger Eye Chatoyancy and beautiful plays of light and color
Pietersite Agate
Piedersite Agate (African) on full tang knife
Pietersite Agate 1
Piedersite Agate gemstone custom knife handle
Pietersite Agate 2
Piedersite Agate from Namibia, Africa has irregular brecciated masses of fibers
Pietersite Agate 3
Piedersite Agate has color variations from blues to golds
Pietersite Agate 4
Piedersite Agate in blues and grays is tough and hard
Pietersite Agate 5
This type of Pietersite agate is from China, with plenty of reds, golds and blues. This rare material is very hard to find!
Pietersite Agate 6
Chinese Pietersite Agate gemstone knife handle on "Altair." Agate has chatoyant areas of brecciated tiger eye quartz in multiple colors.
Pietersite Agate 7
Pietersite Agate inlaid in interframe folding knife with stainless steel hand-engraved liners
Pietersite Agate 8
Pietersite Agate from China is now a rare stone, as the mine was played out
Pietersite Agate 9
Plasma Agate is striking and durable, very hard and tough taking a glassy polish in whites, greens, tans, and occasionally pinks and reds
Plasma Agate
Plasma Agate comes from the area near the Ghost Town of New Idria, California
Plasma Agate 1
Plasma agate has green agate with bits of red and gold veining, a striking and complex gemstone
Plasma Agate 2
Plasma agate is hard and tough, and takes a high polish. Looks fantastic the closer examined.
Plasma Agate 3
Rio Grande Agate is found along the river in New Mexico and Texas
Rio Grande Agate 1
Rio Grande Agate is hard and takes a bright polish
Rio Grande Agate 2
Rio Grande Agate from New Mexico is a cryptocrystalline quartz and is very hard and tough
Rio Grande Agate 4
Rio Grande Agate has clear areas, translucent areas, and opaqe areas that are uniform, with embedded crystals
Rio Grande Agate 5
Rooster Tail agate, in slab form before use. This is old stock, mined in Mexico
Rooster Tail Agate
Rooster Tail Agate is extremely hard, tough and durable
Rooster Tail Agate 1
Rooster Tail Agate is bright and colorful, a cryptocrystalline quartz
Rooster Tail Agate 2
Turitella Agate is fossilized sea bed with shells in agate
Turitella Agate
From Wyoming this fossilized agate is spiral pelecypods
Turitella Agate 1
Turitella Agate has translucent chalcedony and agate, and is hard and tough
Turitella Agate 2
Turitella is actually an old misnomer, the seashells are Oxtrema species
Turitella Agate 3
Turitella Agate on a hidden tang knife with brass and ebony hardwood
Turitella Agate 4

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