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"Arctica" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Coyote/Black G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite laminate handle, locking kydex, anodized aluminum, stainless steel sheath
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Ladron

"Ladron" obverse side view in mirror polished and hot blued O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium tool steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Nebula Stone gemstone handle, black stingray skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Ladron" Custom Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 13.375" (33.9 cm), Blade Length: 7.5" (19.1 cm), Thickness: .172" (4.4 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 15.0 oz. (425 grams) Sheath: 5.6 oz. (159 grams)
  • Blade: O1 High Carbon Tungsten-Vanadium Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59, mirror polished, hot blued
  • Bolsters, Fittings: Hand-Engraved 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Nebula Stone Gemstone
  • Sheath: Black Stingray Skin Inlaid in hand-carved Leather Shoulder
  • Knife: The Ladron pattern is named for a singular haunting mountain in south-central New Mexico, a place that is rumored to be the resting place of several buried treasures. The name Ladron is Spanish for "The Thief" and no modern historian knows how it got the name. My Ladron pattern is inspired by this mysterious place. This particular custom Ladron has an elegantly shaped bowie style blade, mirror polished and hot-blued for a rich and glassy black finish throughout. The hollow grinds are deep and well-matched, and the clip at the point has a clean swage to set off the blade geometry. The blade has a full tapered tang and is fully fileworked with a regular, light, and clean pattern and the spine is cold-blued to match. The handle is extremely rare Nebula Stone gemstone, which comes from one source in the world and is a newly discovered gem of Acmite, Riebeckite, Anorthoclase, Zircon, and Quartz, never before known on this planet! This is actually the second knife ever made with this handle material (see the first knife in the world ever made with a Nebula Stone handle here), and the very first custom knife to have a Nebula Stone handle. The Nebula Stone gem is tough, heavy, and has a bright lustrous polish, with bright green nebula-like orbs floating in a black space with rings of green ribbons shaped like the material that explodes from new stars. This knife has two pairs of Nebula Stone handle scales tightly bedded between dovetailed bolsters of zero-care high nickel, high chromium 304 austenitic stainless steel bolsters, which I meticulously hand-engraved with a Nebula-like pattern of swirling, exploding bodies to keep with the flavor and appearance of the gemstone knife handle. The knife feels comfortable and smooth in the hand, with the balance point just at the sculpted forefinger groove.
  • Sheath: My client requested one of my display type knife sheaths; this one is heavy 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, hand-carved and tooled, dyed green, and has nice panel inlays of glassy black Stingray skin, even in the formed belt loop. The sheath is hand-stitched with polyester sinew, lacquered and sealed, and has a nickel plated steel snap for flap retention that displays some of the beautiful features of the knife, while protecting the point and the razor edge.
  • A truly unique and stunning knife.

Thanks, D. T.!

I have to confess I was so smitten by your site's Nebula stone Ladron picture that I had to show it to someone who would appreciate its beauty. I e-mailed it to Ron and Karen with a note that I think of you as Vulcan in his smithy creating art objects for the ancient gods, but with a few slipping away to us lesser mortals. They in-turn think of you as a genius in your medium.

Short version, I absolutely love the beauty, feel, grip, balance, edge, carving..., of the Nebula Ladron. The sheath for the knife is drop-dead gorgeous . You are truly today's genius in creating knives for aesthetically pleasing beauty or for combat.

Believe me, as a patron, I am grateful to own my Jay Fisher Collection at these prices!

Best regards,
D.T.


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"Ladron" reverse side view. Note full panel inlays on sheath back and in belt loop of black stingray skin "Ladron" edgework, filework detail. Knife is full tang with full filework from swage to choil "Ladron" inside handle detail. Note dovetailed bolsters, handle scales, tapered tang "Ladron" obverse side handle detail. Nebula stone is a rare discovery, unique and stunning gemstone handle material "Ladron" reverse side handle detail. Note multiple scales of Nebula stone in dovetailed stainless steel bolsters, clean choil on blade "Ladron" obverse side hand-engraving detail. 304 stainless steel engraving echoes the nebula-like explosions on the gemstone handle "Ladron" reverse side rear bolster engraving detail. 304 stainless steel is one of the most difficult materials to hand-engrave, few if any other knife makers engrave this material "Ladron" obverse side rear bolster engraving detail. Beautiful nebulas are echoed in hand-engraving pattern "Ladron" reverse side front bolster pair engraving detail. This knife has a mid-bolster set, solidly anhored, supporting forefinger groove and quillon. "Ladron" point detail. O1 is a beautiful steel when blued, point is aggressive and single bevel pair for a razor keen cutting edge. "Ladron" sheathed view. Note display sheath shows most of knife while protecting cutting edge and point. O1 is a glassy, black, and beautiful blued knife steel.

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