Jay Fisher - World Class Knifemaker

Quality Without Compromise

Maker's Mark:
Knife Maker's Mark for Jay Fisher Knives

New to the website? Start Here
"Amethistine" dagger, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, diffusion welded copper, nickel silver fittings, sterling silver gallery wire wrap and accents, Amethyst crystal gemstone pommel, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with black rayskin


"Kapteyn" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Cobra Jasper (Script stone) gemstone handle, Ostrich leg skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Kapteyn" Fine Handmade Tactical, Collector's Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 11.6" (29.5 cm), Blade Length: 7.0" (17.8 cm), Thickness: .211" (5.4 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 13.2 oz. (374 grams) Sheath: 5.8 oz. (164 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to 58HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Cobra Jasper (India Script Stone) Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved Leather inlaid with Burgundy Ostrich Leg Skin
  • Knife: The Kapteyn is one of my proven and solid tactical combat knives, and I decided to create a new and unique Kapteyn to showcase a stunning gemstone handle material. This Kapteyn is very clean and sleek, with a nearly 1/4" blade thickness at the spine, the deep and beautiful hollow grind is crisp and clean in the mirror polished 440C high chromium martensitic stainless tool steel blade. This blade has the highest corrosion resistance of any stainless tool steel, and it's no wonder that 440C is industry's and the military's choice for highly wear resistant ball bearings, valve seats, and cutting tools. The blade has a tough point with a half length top swage and a substantial thumb rise that is backed by full and solidly mounted 304 austenitic stainless steel bolsters. This is the same stainless steel that is used to create nuts, bolts, and fasteners, and with high nickel and high chromium, is highly corrosion resistant and requires no special care at all. The knife has a fully tapered tang for good balance, and the handle is not too large, fitting most medium-sized hands with comfort. In fact, the snug handle seems like it belongs there, with the smooth finish in all areas, slick and polished tang, contoured bolsters and rounded and polished gemstone handle scales. The front bolster is sculpted to span from the thumb rise to the forefinger quillon, and canted at an angle to the blade for easy cleaning and a nice flowing look. The rear bolster is smooth and polished, and the rear quillon hooks nicely around the little finger in a forward grip or around the forefinger in a reverse grip style. The handle material is very special; it's called Cobra Jasper or Script Stone and comes from India. The maroon-burgundy field is filled with yellow-orange swirls of compacted material, and when viewed at various angles looks like ancient mystical writing, thus the alternate name. There isn't really a lot known about this stone in print, but I can tell you what I believe it to be. When viewed under the microscope (a very neat thing for any of my gemstone knife handles) you can clearly see the growth rings and layers inside each piece of what appears to be fossilized seashells. There are shell forms, ridged outer surfaces, round, ring-like forms appearing to be crinoid-like fossils, and tiny, jet-black bands of hematite, as well as clear agate crystal voids and milky quartz. These look like pockets in the original material that were filled at a later time. So you can imagine a very ancient (hundreds of millions of years ago) sea where the shells of mollusks have accumulated in a muddy sediment, and they are eventually (tens of millions of years later) replaced by stone. The sediment has a higher iron content, and thus the reddish color. Fascinating stuff! Other lapidaries have had problems finishing this material, but I find it cuts, shapes, sands, and finishes well, smooth and hard, and is very solid taking a near glassy finish. And the colors and patterns: striking!
  • Sheath: The sheath for this beautiful knife was a challenge, as I wanted to match the character of the stone and enhance it's natural beauty. I chose 9-10 oz. leather shoulder as my canvas, and created 18 individual carved inlay fields for burgundy Ostrich Leg Skin inlays. They are curved to echo the curves of the fossilized shell, and rest in bright beige-yellow died leather, hand-stitched with polyester sinew, lacquered and sealed. The sheath displays the striking handle yet protects the owner from the blade's razor edge.
  • A unique and striking knife with some great character and color.

Thanks, T.S.!

Please click on thumbnail knife photos
"Kapteyn" reverse side view. Note multiple inlays on sheath back and belt loop in ostrich leg skin "Kapteyn" spine view. Knife is thick, clean, and smooth, with fully tapered tang and dovetailed bolsters and handle scales "Kapteyn" inside handle tang detail. Bolsters are high nickel, high chromium stainless steel, contoured, smoothed, polished, finished for comfort "Kapteyn" obverse side handle detail. Handle is snug and solid, all surfaces polished and clean with a tight, smooth fit. "Kapteyn" reverse side handle detail. Front bolster face is sculpted to support thumb rise and forefinger quillon, framing grind termination radius "Kapteyn" sheathed view. Sheath protects blade and owner, frames beautiful and striking gemstone handle scales "Kapteyn" sheath mouth view. The curves of the gemstone patterns, bolster and grind lines, and sheath inlays all work together in this striking piece of edged art "Kapteyn" point detail. Point is well-supported and strong, edge is razor sharp. "Kapteyn" cobra jasper (script stone) handle detail. Gemstone is fossilized mollusk shells in high-iron petrified mud replaced by jasper, agate, and quartz.

Back to Featured Knives Pages

Back to Tactical, Combat Knives

XHTML 1.0 Validated, Compliant, Link Checked, and CSS Level 2.1 Validated through W3C, the World Wide Web Consortium
Main Purchase Tactical Specific Types Technical More
Home Page Where's My Knife, Jay? Current Tactical Knives for Sale The Awe of the Blade Blades My Photography
Website Overview Current Knives for Sale Tactical, Combat Knife Portal Museum Pieces Knife Anatomy Photographic Services
My Mission My Knife Prices All Tactical, Combat Knives Investment, Collector's Knives Custom Knives Photographic Images
The Finest Knives and You How To Order Counterterrorism Knives Daggers Modern Knifemaking Technology  
Featured Knives: Page One Purchase Finished Knives  Professional, Military Commemoratives Swords Knife Patterns  
Featured Knives: Page Two Order Custom Knives  USAF Pararescue Knives Folding Knives Knife Pattern Alphabetic List My Writing
Featured Knives: Page Three Knife Sales Policy  USAF Pararescue "PJ- Light" Chef's Knives New Materials First Novel
Featured Knives: Older/Early Bank Transfers  27th Air Force Special Operations Hunting Knives Factory vs. Handmade Knives Second Novel
Email Jay Fisher Custom Knife Design Fee  Khukris: Combat, Survival, Art Working Knives Six Distinctions of Fine Knives Knife Book
Contact, Locate Jay Fisher Delivery Times The Best Combat Locking Sheath Khukris Knife Styles  
FAQs My Shipping Method Grip Styles, Hand Sizing Skeletonized Knives Business of Knifemaking Videos
Current, Recent Works, Events    Tactical Knife Sheath Accessories  Serrations Jay's Internet Stats  
Client's News and Info   Military Knife Care  Knife Sheaths The 3000th Term Links
Who Is Jay Fisher?   Serrations  Knife Stands and Cases Learning About Knives  
Top 22 Reasons to Buy   Concealed Carry and Knives  Handles, Bolsters, Guards Knife Blade Testing Site Table of Contents
My Knifemaking History      Knife Handles: Gemstone Knife Embellishment  
My Family      Gemstone Alphabetic List Knife Maker's Marks  
What I Do And Don't Do      Knife Handles: Woods How to Care for Custom Knives  
CD ROM Archive      Knife Handles: Horn, Bone, Ivory Knife Making Instruction  
Publications, Publicity      Knife Handles: Manmade Materials Larger Monitors and Knife Photos  
Testimonials, Letters and Emails       Copyright and Knives  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 1       440C: A Love/Hate Affair  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 2       ATS-34: Chrome/Moly Tough  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 3 D2: Wear Resistance King
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 4       O1: Oil Hardened Blued Beauty  
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 5       Heat Treating and
Cryogenic Processing of
Knife Blade Steels
Funny Letters and Emails, Pg. 6       Elasticity, Stiffness, Stress,
and Strain in Knife Blades
Professional Knife Consultant       Cities of the Knife  
  Knife Shop/Studio, Page 1
        Knife Shop/Studio, Page 2