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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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Kapteyn

"Kapteyn" Obverse side view: 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Antelope Jasper gemstone knife handle, lizard skin inlaid in hand-carved leather knife sheath
"Kapteyn" Fine Handmade Tactical Art Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 12.13" (30.8 cm), Blade Length: 7.4" (18.9 cm), Thickness: .178" (.45 cm)
  • Weight: Knife: 12.7 oz. Sheath: 7.5 oz.
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58, hollow ground and mirror polished
  • Fittings/Bolsters: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Antelope Jasper Gemstone
  • Sheath: Ringmark Lizard Skin Inlaid in Hand-Carved Leather
  • Knife: The Kapteyn is a proven field combat knife, and though I usually make the Kapteyn in an all-duty flat combat finish with a low-key handle, I decided to make a top-flight collector's grade knife in this great pattern style. The Kapteyn is a large, yet sleek knife (over a foot of steel from tip to butt), and being ground from medium weight stock yields a thin, razor-sharp, yet strong and imposing blade. The blade is fully hollow ground and brightly mirror finished, with crisp, clean grind lines and a half-length top swage to reduce point profile without sacrificing strength in the spine. The 440C is a low-care, tough, great-looking knife steel, and I use it on most of my knives, whether in combat or collections. The knife tang is fully tapered, for good balance and weight control. The knife has a comfortable and useful thumb rise, an elegantly filed and worked choil, and my "sunrise" filework pattern fully around the blade and tang. This substantial blade is controlled by a handle with deep front and rear quillons, reinforced with zero-care 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel bolsters. The rear bolster has a 5/16" lanyard hole through the bolsters and tang for extra security if desired. The bolsters are dovetailed and hold bedded scales of solid Antelope Jasper gemstone, a very tough, hard, and beautiful rock. The jasper has nice flow banding, a good range of complimentary colors, with no inclusions or voids. This gem will literally outlast the blade.
  • Sheath: This knife needed a great sheath, so I took some serious time and hand-carved this unique patterned, deep sheath that has 15 inlays of brown Teju Lizard skin, with alternating tooled triangular geometric shapes. The carvings are bounded with spaced cuts that echo the banding in the jasper, and even the polyester sinew hand-stitching has a nice alternating pattern. The belt loop is double-stitched for strength, and will accommodate up to a 2" wide belt. The sheath body is made from 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, dyed a deep burgundy brown color to blend with the gemstone, lacquered and sealed. The sheath is made for right side wear, edge down, so the knife can be drawn for right side tactical grip. This knife could even be worn in the back, and drawn on the right side, with traditional grip.

Thanks, D.T.!

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"Kapteyn" reverse side view of knife: note fine grind, full tooling and inlays  on rear of knife sheath "Kapteyn" knife spine edgework, filework detail. Sunrise pattern, fully tapered tang, dovetailed bolsters and gemstone "Kapteyn" inside handle filework, edgework details. Note fine work on choil "Kapteyn" obverse side handle details. Antelope Jasper gemstone is tough, hard, and beautiful. Note filework on deep choil "Kapteyn" reverse side knife handle detail. "Kapteyn" sheathed view. Note deep, protective hand-carved leather knife sheath with lizard skin inlays. Right side, tactical draw position for carry.

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