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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 Five
(Jasper, Noreena to Jasper, Wonderstone)

Welcome to page five

...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
Noreena Jasper gemstone custom knife handle by Jay Fisher
Noreena Jasper
Noreena jasper comes from Western Australia, and is hard, tough, and durable
Noreena Jasper 1
Orbicular Jasper gemstone knife handle on full tang handmade knife
Orbicular Jasper (Ocean Jasper)
Orbicular Jasper comes in a variety of colors, this one is rare
Orbicular Jasper 1 (Ocean Jasper)
Orbicular Jasper is hard, tough, and durable. The golden orbs  are variably spaced in this specimen
Orbicular Jasper 2 (Ocean Jasper)
This jasper is actually a chert
Orbicular Jasper 3 (Ocean Jasper)
Orbicular Green Jasper is also agate, with clear areas
Orbicular Green Jasper
Orbicular Green Jasper has crystalline pockets of quartz
Orbicular Green Jasper 1
Orbicular Green Jasper has a varied appearance, with crystalline pockets and interesting patterns
Orbicular Green Jasper 2
Orbicular green jasper is very hard, with quartz pockets and striking color
Orbicular Green Jasper 3
Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone is a tough, hard, durable, and striking microcrystalline quartz
Pilbara Picasso Jasper
Pilbara Picasso Jasper is from Australia, one of the oldest rock formations in the world
Pilbara Picasso Jasper 1
Pilbara Picasso Jasper is rare; mining and excavation of this material has ceased.
Pilbara Picasso Jasper 2
Pilbara Picasso Jasper comes with a variety of color and pattern with striking appearance
Pilbara Picasso Jasper 3
Pilbara Picasso Jasper is a tough, hard, and durable gemstone taking a bright glassy polish
Pilbara Picasso Jasper 4
Polvadera Jasper gemston custom handmade knife handle by Jay Fisher
Polvadera Jasper
Polvadera Jasper gemstone comes from the Polvadera mountains in south central New Mexico
Polvadera Jasper 1
Polvadera Jasper is hard, tough, and solid, with agate and chalcedony throughout
Polvadera Jasper 2
Polvadera Jasper is a fine example of New Mexico's fine jaspers
Polvadera Jasper 3
Polvadera Jasper has bright reds, oranges and whites
Polvadera Jasper 4
One of my favorite Jaspers, and from the photo, you can see why!
Polvadera Jasper 5
Polvadera Jasper in more muted browns and whites
Polvadera Jasper 6
Polvadera Jasper is brecciated, that is broken up, then reformed under tremendous heat and pressure beneath the earth
Polvadera Jasper 7
One of my most often used jaspers, Polvadera is hard, tough, durable, and beautiful
Polvadera Jasper 8
Polvadera Jasper comes from the southern middle Rio Grande valley in central New Mexico
Polvadera Jasper 9
Polvadera Jasper with bright reds in brecciated, fused pattern
Polvadera Jasper 10
Good New Mexico Jasper can be found in remote areas of our state
Polvadera Jasper 11
Polvadera Jasper is hard and tough enough for combat knife use
Polvadera Jasper 12
Polvadera Jasper is a cryptocrystalline quartz (with crystals too small to be seen without magnification)
Polvadera Jasper 13
Polvadera jasper can be contoured and ground in small but sturdy sections if carefully selected
Polvadera Jasper 14
Polvadera jasper is hard, tough brecciated quartz, mycrocrystalline, brecciated
Polvadera Jasper 15
Purple Jasper gemstone on fine handmade knife
Purple Jasper
Purple Jasper is a rare stone, with large crystals, more like aventurine
Purple Jasper 1
Rain Forest Jasper gemstone custom knife handle with hand-engraved stainless steel
Rain Forest Jasper
Rain Forest jasper gemstone; colors of jasper other than red are more common
Rain Forest Jasper 1
Red River Jasper gemstone custom handmade knife handle by Jay Fisher
Red River Jasper
In the early 20th century, geologists thought all jaspers were red only, but red is more uncommon than other colors of jasper
Red River Jasper 1
Red River Jasper can be quite unform and monolithic
Red River Jasper 2
Red River Jasper is very tough and uniform, and is great for heavy use, even tactical combat knives
Red River Jasper 3
Red River Jasper forms and holds carved areas like these finger grooves very well
Red River Jasper 4
Red River Jasper may have bands of white agate and creamy colors
Red River Jasper 5
Much Red River Jasper comes from India, but red jaspers may come from any continent
Red River Jasper 6
Red River Jasper is very tough and durable, and takes a high polish
Red River Jasper 7
Red River Jasper may contain hematite veins and quartz inclusions
Red River Jasper 8
Red River Jasper is very tough and hard, suitable for this folding knife handle scale
Red River Jasper 9
Red river jasper takes a glassy smooth polish, with striking and eternal color
Red River Jasper 10
Seagrass jasper gemstone handmade knife handle by Jay Fisher
Seagrass Jasper
Seagrass Jasper is a rare find, with greens, tans, browns, and even hints of pink agate and chalcedony
Seagrass Jasper 1
Snakeskin Jasper is from Western Australia
Snakeskin Jasper 1
Snakeskin Jasper is red jasper, reddish metallic hematite, white quartz, in a solid, beautiful, hard metamorphic rock
Snakeskin Jasper 2
Snakeskin jasper from Australia is a tough, hard and durable gemstone with hematite veins and quartz inclusions
Snakeskin Jasper 3
Snakeskin Jasper from Australia takes a high and glossy polish, lasting indefinitely
Snakeskin Jasper 4
Snakeskin Jasper is a very tough and hard microcrystalline quartz
Snakeskin Jasper 5
Snakeskin Jasper is from Western Australia
Snakeskin Jasper 6
Spiderweb jasper is a rare stone, only available in small pieces. It's very hard and takes a great polish
Spiderweb Jasper
Spiderweb jasper is tough, hard, and durable, taking a glassy polish
Spiderweb Jasper 1
Starburst Jasper custom handmade knife handle
Starburst Jasper
Starburst jasper is actually a rhyolite, a rock of volcanic origin
Starburst Jasper 1
Starburst Jasper has yellow-cream colored bursts in tan-brown matrix. It's hard and tough and polishes well.
Starburst Jasper 2
Sunset Jasper Gemstone knife handle on full tang knife by Jay Fisher
Sunset Jasper
Sunset Jasper has yellow to red colors interlaced with dark random lines
Sunset Jasper 1
Sunset Jasper is bright, tough and takes a high polish
Sunset Jasper 2
Sunset Jasper is actually a tough, hard rhyolite
Sunset Jasper 3
Sunset jasper with black dendritic forms and seams of milky quartz
Sunset Jasper 4
Sunset jasper takes a high lusterous polish
Sunset Jasper 5
Wonderstone Jasper gemstone handmade knife handle
Wonderstone Jasper
Wonderstone Jasper, like Starburst Jasper above, is actually a rhyolite rock of volcanic origin
Wonderstone Jasper

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