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"Random Access Three" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology high molybdenum stainless steel blade, vertical and horizontal sheaths in hand-stamped brown basketweave leather shoulder
"Random Access III"


"Izanami" 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Nickel Magnesite gemstone handle, Rayskin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
  • Size: Length overall: 8.25" (21.0 cm), Blade Length: 4.0" (10.2 cm), Thickness: .1875" (4.8 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 7.0 oz. Sheath: 4.6 oz.
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59, mirror finished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: Hand-engraved 304 Austenitic High Nickel, High Chromium Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Polished Nickel Magnesite/Chrysoprase Gemstone
  • Sheath: Ray Skin Inlaid in Hand-carved Leather
  • Knife: Named for the Japanese mythological goddess of creation (and death) Izanami has a distinctly oriental form. The knife blade is a trailing point tanto, with a thin, beautiful mirror finished hollow grind. The deep grind is terminated with matched, sweeping curves, and supports a razor-keen single bevel cutting edge. I left plenty of thickness in the point for strength, and a good section of spine to support the blade. The blade is fully fileworked, in a lotus flower style of design, around the tapered tang and to the shaped choil. The bolsters are hand-engraved 304 high chromium, high nickel stainless steel for longevity, beauty, and radiance, and are mirror polished. The pattern I designed for the engraving is leaves laying and intertwined, to match the creative style of the theme. This is an elegant design, lightly shaded, with a great layout and execution. The bolsters are permanently mounted to the tang with zero-clearance peened pins. The front bolster face is sculpted inward to accent the grind terminations. The bolsters are dovetailed, and bed a pair of striking brightly polished Nickel Magnesite with Chrysoprase gemstone scales. Nickel Magnesite is a form of magnesium carbonate, and is fairly soft, but the Chrysoprase that comprises the largest portions of this stone is extremely hard. Nickel Magnesite is found with Chrysoprase; occurring only in thin veins, so to get enough large pieces to create a knife handle was a great find. This is a very hard, tough gemstone, a 7.5 on the Mohs scale, so it is extremely durable and long lasting. The color is hard to represent in a photograph, because it is a bit different in varying lighting situations. Sometimes, it appears florescent, and you might expect it to glow in the dark, but it does not. In low light, it appears distinctly light green with some darker green veins, and in bright light, more yellow. The polish is smooth and the handle is comfortable in the hand, with a light, three-fingered grip.
  •  Sheath:  The sheath is a stunner, too. I used some radical curves to lay out a complimentary design that matches the curves of the blade and handle. The knife nests well in the sheath with thick welts protecting the blade cutting edge and point, while the handle and engraved bolsters are displayed in a marquee-like window at the sheath top. I inlaid eleven pieces of light brown Rayskin in hand-carved 9 -10 oz. leather shoulder with carved accents. The brown sheath is hand-stitched in polyester sinew, lacquered and sealed.
  • A striking tanto, with graceful curves, stunning gemstone handle, and magnificent sheath

Thanks, J.P.!

Hey Jay,
I love the gracefully curved lines of the blade, handle, filework, and engravings of this knife. But the sharp edge and point leave no doubt its intended purpose. Truly the Yin and Yang. Smooth and graceful, yet sharp and bold, all in balance. Jay, you did good!


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Izanami handmade knife- reverse side view. Note rayskin inlays on back of sheath and belt loop. Izanami fine gemstone handled knife: spine edgework, filework detail. Note fully tapered tang. Izanami art, collector's fine knife: inside handle edgework, tang filework detail. Note dovetailed bolsters. Izanami fine handmade knife, obverse side handle detail. Nickel Magnesite/Chrysoprase is stunning lime-yellow gemstone Izanami knife, reverse side handle detail: Nickel manesite/Chrysoprase gemstone (also called lemon chrysoprase) is very tough, hard, and polished. Izanami fine handmade knife, reverse side front bolster engraving detail. Nice design of overlapping leaves. Izanami fine handmade gemstone handled knife, reverse side engraved rear bolster detail. 304 stainless is difficult to engrave, but beautiful. Izanami knife: obverse side front bolster engraving detail. Izanami gemstone handled knife obverse side rear bolster engraving. 304 stainless steel engraving lasts indefinitely. Izanami: sheathed view. Sheath displays handle in marquee window fashion, yet protects blade and point. Izanami sheath back detail. Note multiple inalays of tan rayskin in hanc-carved leather shoulder. Izanami, sheath detail, front view. Note marquee window displaying handle and bolster embellishment, hand-stitching and rayskin inlays.

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