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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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Gemstone Knife Handle Photo Gallery Four
(Jasper, Antelope to Jasper, New Mexico)

Welcome to page four

...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
Antelope Jasper gemstone custom handmade knife handle
Antelope Jasper
Antelope Jasper is hard, tough, and extremely durable
Antelope Jasper 1
Antelope Jasper is tough enough for combat and tactical knife handle use
Antelope Jasper 2
Antelope Jasper comes in several hues, and can be oriented in a variety of ways for pattern enhancement
Antelope Jasper 3
Jaspers are fine grained cryptocrystalline quartz
Antelope Jasper 4
Antelope Jasper on combat tactical commemorative knife
Antelope Jasper 5
Antelope Jasper oriented by cutting with the grain makes interesting patterns
Antelope Jasper 6
Antelope Jasper on stainless steel fillet knife
Antelope Jasper 7
Antelope Jasper gemstone takes a bright, glassy polish
Antelope Jasper 8
Australian Landscape Jasper is a very hard, tough, and durable microcrystalline quartz
Australian Landscape Jasper
This billions of years old Jasper has fascinating patterns and healed pressure fracture lines for a solid smooth and hard gemstone
Australian Landscape Jasper 1
Banded Jasper with Hematite gemstone knife handle on stainless steel damascus blade
Banded Jasper with Hematite
Banded Jasper with Hematite has heavy iron content, creating the red color and the hematite
Banded Jasper with Hematite 1
Banded Jasper with Hematite on tactical combat commemorative knife
Banded Jasper with Hematite 2
Banded Jasper with Hematite on liner lock folding knife
Banded Jasper with Hematite 3
Banded Jasper takes a beautiful, durable, bright polish
Banded Jasper with Hematite 4
Biggs Jasper is classified as a scenic jasper, hard and tough and takes a high glossy polish
Biggs Jasper
Biggs Jasper originates in the Northwest United States
Biggs Jasper 1
Brecciated Jasper on hidden tang custom knife handle with ebony hardwood
Brecciated Jasper
Brecciated Jasper on full tang knife with mechanism. Jasper is tough enough to support machine screw mounting!
Brecciated Jasper 1
Brecciated jasper has been broken up, then refused under earth's tremendous heat and pressure
Brecciated Jasper 2
Brecciated Jasper has beautiful patterns and texture, and is very stout and durable
Brecciated Jasper 3
Brecciated Jasper with fasciating patterns on knife handle
Brecciated Jasper 4
Brecciated Jasper with hematite inclusions
Brecciated Jasper 5
Brecciated Jasper is tough, hard and uniform, outlasting the knife
Brecciated Jasper 6
African Brecciated Jasper gemstone has reds, pinks, and whites with some agates in microcrystalline quartz
Brecciated Jasper 7
African Brecciated Jasper is very hard, tough, and durable, taking a bright glassy polish
Brecciated Jasper 8
Hard and tough brecciated jasper from Africa
Brecciated Jasper 9
Jasper is a fine, hard, cryptocrystalline quartz that takes a high, glassy polish
Brecciated Jasper 10
Brecciated Jasper from Africa
Brecciated Jasper 11
Brecciated jasper has quartz and hematite
Brecciated Jasper 12
Brecciated Jasper from the Great Rift Valley in Africa
Brecciated Jasper 13
Brecciated jasper has hematite and quartz inclusions and is very tough and durable
Brecciated Jasper 14
Cabernet Jasper comes from Mexico, and is a very hard jasper, tough and durable for knife handles
Cabernet Jasper
Cabernet Jasper takes a high polish, and has fascinating colors and patterns. It's named for the wine colored areas.
Cabernet Jasper 1
Cloud Jasper is an extremely hard and tough cryptocrystalline quartz with bits of hematite
Cloud Jasper
Cloud Jasper comes from New Mexico
Cloud Jasper 1
Cloud Jasper is strong and tough, and will absolutely outlast the rest of the knife!
Cloud Jasper 2
Cobra Jasper comes from India and is hard and tough, taking a good polish
Cobra Jasper
Cobra Jasper is fossilized seashells in an iron rich sea bed
Cobra Jasper 1
Here you can see the fossil shells, highly compressed through millions of years of extreme pressure under the earth's crust, followed by mineral replacment fossilization. This gemstone is very hard
Cobra Jasper 2
Frogskin Jasper gemstone knife handle. Frog skin jasper comes from Mexico
Frog Skin Jasper
Frog skin jasper has striking natural patterns and color
Frog Skin Jasper 1
Green Zebra Jasper is a beautifu, tough, hard, and durable gemstone, with dark green stripes in a lighter green matrix
Green Zebra Jasper
Green Zebra jasper is mined in Brazil. It takes a smooth, velvety polish.
Green Zebra Jasper 1
Kambaba Jasper is fossilized stromatolite cyanobacterial colony, 3.5 billion years old
Kambaba Jasper
Kambaba Jasper from Madagascar is tough, hard, and extremely durable fossilized gemstone
Kambaba Jasper 1
Leopard Skin Jasper has striking natural patterns and color, and is hard and tough
Leopard Skin Jasper
Leopard Skin Jasper is mined in India
Leopard Skin Jasper 1
Leopard skin jasper may have orbicular areas and also banded areas. The color is natural.
Leopard Skin Jasper 2
Leopard Skin Jasper is a tough, durable, brightly finishing gemstone, great for fine knife handles
Leopard Skin Jasper 3
Mookaite Jasper gemstone custom knife handle
Mookaite Jasper
Mookaite Jasper is actually fossiliferous chert
Mookaite Jasper 1
Mookaite Jasper is a tough, hard decorative Australian Chert
Mookaite Jasper 2
Mookaite Jasper is very hard, tough, and durable, and takes a very high, beautiful polish
Mookaite Jasper 3
Mookaite Jasper is mined from an outcrop at Mooka Station, West Australia
Mookaite Jasper 4
Mookaite Jasper is tough enough to be used on a full tang knife without rear bolster support
Mookaite Jasper 5
Mookaite jasper has beautiful brick, red, yellow and white patterns, sometimes with dendrites
Mookaite Jasper 6
Mookaite Jasper with chalcedony in striking colors
Mookaite Jasper 7
Mookaite Jasper is tough, hard, and extremely durable, taking a high polish
Mookaite Jasper 8
Mookaite Jasper is a striking colored, hard, and durable fossil
Mookaite Jasper 9
Mookaite Jasper from Australia
Mookaite Jasper 10
Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper is a hard, tough, and durable jasper with distinctive orbicular characteristics
Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper
Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper has a wide variety of colors and patterns, and takes a glassy polish
Morgan Hill Poppy Jasper 1
Nightstorm Jasper on full tang custom handmade knife
Nightstorm Jasper
Nightstorm jasper is hard, tough and durable, taking a very high polish
Nightstorm Jasper 1
New Mexico Jasper gemstone custom knife handle
New Mexico Jasper
New Mexico jasper comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and is hard, tough, and solid
New Mexico Jasper 1
New Mexico Jasper has interesting patterns
New Mexico Jasper 2
New Mexico Jasper is a cryptocrystalline quartz, fine grained and hard
New Mexico Jasper 3
New Mexico jasper is hard and tough enough to support machine screw mounting on folding knives
New Mexico Jasper 4
New Mexico jasper with white quartz veins and patterns polishes brightly and is very durable
New Mexico Jasper 5
New Mexico Jasper may be solid in color
New Mexico Jasper 6

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