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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
"Orion"

Gemstone Knife Handle Photo Gallery Two
(Amethyst to Cuprite)

Welcome to page two

...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
Amazonite is a feldspar with intense color and reflection
Amazonite
Amazonite has intense green with white tipped crystals and medium durability
Amazonite 1
Amethyst Gemstone Knife handle
Amethyst
Lace Amethyst, Solid amethyst crystal gemstones
Lace Amethyst, Crystal
Lace amethyst is a form of quartz, purple or violet and crystalline
Lace Amethyst, Crystal 1
Amethyst is perhaps the most popular, valuable 7 hardness polished gemstones
Lace Amethyst, Crystal 2
Lace Amethyst hidden tang knife handle, wire wrapped
Lace Amethyst
Lace Amethyst knife handle. Ametyst is the chosen stone for kings and popes
Lace Amethyst 1
Lace Amethyst gemstone knife handle; amethyst is hard and durable, and polishes brighty
Lace Amethyst 2
Lace Amethyst gemstone knife handle is bookmatched, crystalline gemstone
Lace Amethyst 3
Lace Ametyst is tough  and polished to a high lustre
Lace Amethyst 4
Lace Amethyst, high resolution, 6 power magnification of gemstone
Lace Amethyst 5
Orbicular amethyst is a rare find, with white orbs in amethyst base
Orbicular Amethyst
Orbicular Amethyst on full tang knife with hand-engraved stainless steel bolsters
Orbicular Amethyst 1
Apache Gold is Pyrite and Shale, a striking golden pyrite in jet black background on this mosaic with black jade
Apache Gold
Atlantisite is serpentine with inclusions of magnesium chromate (Stichtite)
Atlantisite
Atlantisite comes from a singular mountain top in Tasmania. The serpentine is moderately soft, the Stichtite is very hard, so is difficult to finish
Atlantisite 1
Aventurine Gemstone knife handle
Aventurine
Aventurine is a form of granular quartz, with spangled muscovite, mica, goethite, or hematite
Aventurine 1
Aventurine is variable in color and density, most of it is green, from India
Aventurine 2
Aventurine gemstone custom knife handle with brass fittings
Aventurine 3
Aventurine in green and blue in hidden tang knife, dagger handle. Aventurine is tough and compact
Aventurine Green, Blue
Binghamite is a fibrous quartz with red hematite and yellowish goethite
Binghamite
Binghamite gemstone knife handle
Binghamite 1
Biotite gemstone knife handle
Biotite
Biotite is a metamorphic rock with tough grains and takes a bright polish
Biotite 1
Bronzite Hypersthene gemstone knife handle
Bronzite Hypersthene
Bronzite Hypersthene is an iron-rich gemstone, with spangles and metallic character
Bronzite Hypersthene 1
Bronzite Hypersthene is tough and durable, with luminous spangles in bright light
Bronzite Hypersthene 2
Beautiful bronzite hypersthene has inclusions of hematite in golden bronzite
Bronzite Hypersthene 3
Bronzite Hypersthene has hematite and spangles of enstatite
Bronzite Hypersthene 4
Bronzite Hypersthene has light play called shiller, and is a Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
Bronzite Hypersthene 5
Chalcedony gemstone on hidden tang knife handle with bocote hardwood
Chalcedony
Chrysocolla gemstone knife handle on hidden tang knife with Cocobolo hardwood, brass
Chrysocolla
Solid chrysocolla gemstone is translucent, electric green and blue
Chrysocolla 1
Chrysocolla gemstone on hidden tang dagger, wire wrapped, copper fittings
Chrysocolla 2
Chrysocolla gemstone custom knife handle with hand-engraved  stainless steel bolsters
Chrysocolla 3
Chrysocolla may have translucent areas, with green malachite
Chrysocolla 4
Chrysocolla gemstone on collector's tactical knife
Chrysocolla 5
Chrysocolla with hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters
Chrysocolla 6
Chrysoprase, a translucent to transparent hard, tough gemstone
Chrysoprase
Michigan copper ore is copper, hecla, and calumet
Copper Ore, Michigan
Michigan copper or is a byproduct of copper mining, and is a fused, tough stone conglomerate
Copper Ore, Michigan 1
Michigan copper ore has bright areas of solid copper in red calumet and heckla binder
Copper Ore, Michigan 2
Copper polishes brightly, compliments the engraved stainless steel bolsters
Copper Ore, Michigan 3
Copper, ore, smelter slag. Though not technically a gemstone, a beautiful fusion of copper and firebrick makes a stunning, solid handle
Copper Ore
Fossilized dinosaur coprolite is dino dung, replaced by agate and chalcedony
Coprolite, Dinosaur, Fossilized
Fossilized dinosaur coprolite is tough, hard, and takes a good polish. This one is quartz and chalcedony gemstone
Coprolite, Dinosaur, Fossilzed 1
Covalite is a rare gemstone, deep metallic indigo blue with inclusions of brassy pyrites
Covalite (Covellite)
Covalite (Covellite) is rare, I've only seen pieces this large once. Here it's inlaid in a full tang dagger tang
Covalite (Covellite) 1
Crocidolite gemstone on full tang knife
Crocidolite
Crocidolite is a replacement mineral in most Tiger Eye quartz
Crocidolite 1
Crocidolite gemstone custom handmade knife handle
Crocidolite 2
Mosaic Cuprite is a mineral mixture of copper, chrysocolla, malachite, and turquoise
Cuprite Mosaic
Beautiful mosaic cuprite gemstone on custom  handmade knife handle
Cuprite Mosaic 1

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