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"Ari B'Lilah" counterterrorism, combat knife, obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, G10 fiberglass/epoxy composite handle, hybrid tension-locking sheath in kydex, anodized aluminum, stainless steel, HULA, UBLX in polypropylene, polyester
"Ari B'Lilah"

Nunki

"Nunki" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Orbicular Agate gemstone handle, Alligator skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Nunki"

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  • Size: Knife: Length overall: 5.75" (14.6 cm), Blade Length: 2.6" (6.6 cm), Thickness: .127" (3.2 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 13.5 oz. (383 grams) Sheath: 7.6 oz. (215 grams)
  • Blade: 440C high chromium stainless steel, hardened and tempered to 59HRC, mirror polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Orbicular Jasper Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather, inlaid with Alligator skin
  • Knife: Nunki is the Assyrian or Babylonian name for the star we now call Sigma Sagittarii, but I like the ancient Nunki better! It's the second brightest star in the constellation Sagittarius, but the name seems to fit well with this pattern, the smallest fixed blade knife I make. This is a small but tough knife; I made the blade in 440C high chromium stainless steel, and I performed a very special small radius hollow grind with a 3" diameter wheel, so the blade is extremely thin at the cutting edge and very thick at the spine. This gives it some great spine strength while having a razor keen cutting edge. I left the spine and tang clean and smooth, and bolstered the handle with 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel for zero care. I contoured, rounded, and polished the fittings for a smooth and clean feel, and the bolsters are dovetailed to bed a pair of small but eye-catching handle scales. The handle is agate: a microcrystalline quartz that is very hard, tough, and durable, and I'll even claim that it will outlast the blade! This is a white, milky agate with inclusions of color in round orbs that vary in color in butterscotch tan to black. The handle is highly polished and smooth, and the little knife is comfortable in the palm of the hand.
  • Sheath: It's always hard to match a white stone in the sheath, so I looked at the patterned appearance of the agate and chose the pebbly texture of white Alligator skin to inlay in the sheath. The bold skin also has a great contrast with the smoothness of the handle, and the size of the package makes for a unique character. I inlaid the Alligator in the front and back and even in the belt loop, and the sheath is hand-stitched with polyester sinew and sealed. The leather is 9-10 oz. shoulder, and dyed a saddle tan.
  • A small, beautiful knife.

Thanks, S. H.!


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"Nunki" reverse side view, sheath back has full panel inlay of alligator skin and panel inlaid in belt loop. "Nunki" spine view. Tang is fully tapered, bolsters are dovetailed to lock in handle scales "Nunki" iniside handle tang view. All surfaces are smoothed, rounded, polished and finished for comfortable feel "Nunki" 4 power enlargement of the obverse side handle detail. Agate is hard and tough, and will outlast the blade. "Nunki" 4 power enlargement of the reverse side handle detail. Agate gemstone has orbicular features in butterscotch and black "Nunki" sheathed view. Sheath is small but protective, with bold white alligator skin inlays, front and back

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