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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" Counterterrorism Knife

Orion

"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
"Orion" Fine Handmade Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 11.25" (28.6 cm), Blade Length: 6.0" (15.2 cm), Thickness: .200" (5.1 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb., 1 oz. (482 grams), Sheath: 7.7 oz. (218 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Cryogenically Treated, Hardened and Tempered to 59 HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, Hand-engraved
  • Handle: Rio Grande Agate Gemstone (New Mexico)
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather shoulder inlaid with Frog skin
  • Knife: My Orion design is named for the mythological hunter and the constellation in our night sky. It took a very special knife to be named Orion, and this design is befitting of the well-recognized name. This is a variation of my "Hooded Warrior' design, with a taste of the counterterrorism curves of my "Kairos" and some dramatic lines and variants which create a large, substantial and dominating blade pattern. I made this Orion in 440C high chromium stainless steel, for the highest corrosion resistance of any mirror polished martensitic high carbon hypereutectoid stainless steel, and the beauty and durability of this blade demonstrates why it is my most asked-for steel. The leaf-shaped and inspired blade is deeply hollow ground, for a razor-keen edge supported by a thick, strong spine. The two-thirds length top swage reduces point profile without sacrificing strength, and I've fully fileworked the tapered tang with my "Royale" filework. The blade I heat treated with deep cryogenic processing, a long, extended soaking time of over 35 hours at -300°F followed by triple tempering and deep cryogenic soaking in between for the ultimate in thermal cycling and allotrope conversion. This is the very best this steel can be; it's hard, it's tough, it's wear resistant, and it's extremely corrosion resistant, needing minimal care. The design has a large front bolster area, with wide quillons to prevent the hand from moving onto the blade, large finger grooves and a full belly gives plenty of gripping security, and the near "gun" grip angle of the handle to the blade offers comfort and relief with a more natural wrist position than a straight blade and handle. The bolsters are 304 austenitic stainless steel, with 18 percent chromium and 8 percent nickel, the same super tough and extremely corrosion resistant stainless steel used on nuts, bolts, and fasteners. This is a zero-care stainless steel, and will simply not corrode in any environment, short of concentrated acids! Into the polished bolster surfaces I engraved a rolling, unfurling leaf design, with deep backgrounding for a contrast effect. The bolsters are contoured, smoothed, and comfortable, and are dovetailed and bed a pair of beautiful gemstone handle scales, Rio Grande Agate from our state of New Mexico. This is a very hard, tough, and durable gemstone, and will completely outlast the knife and everyone who owns it lasting indefinitely! The agate is a cryptocrystalline quartz, with some clear areas, some milky translucence, some solid colors of tans, oranges, maroons, and reds, and a few areas of crystal. This is a striking stone; it's always wondrous to me how these minerals are formed, in what intensive geologic process over millions of years. The stone is polished to a bright, glassy luster, and it's rounded, smoothed and contoured with a seamless fit to the bolsters and tang. The knife has a balance point at the front quillon peak, and feels solid and imposing in the hand.
  • Sheath: The sheath had to be a special one to be commensurate with the Orion. I made it in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, and designed it with a high back and a revealing low front to show plenty of the gemstone handle. I hand-carved the sheath for 19 inlays of frog skin, and carefully chose colors to match the colors in the gemstone handle. The design is the same design on the engraved bolsters, reflecting the curves of the leaves in the curves of the blade. I dyed the sheath in burgundy, and hand-stitched the sheath with a meandering puzzle stitch in black polyester, a special stitch that is random in design and looks completely different in the front and back. The sheath is lacquered and sealed for longevity, and is smooth and polished throughout.
  • A substantial and beautiful unique piece; a work of art and premium design; one I'm very proud of.

Thanks, J. K.!

Hello Jay,
I’m contacting you to give a little review about your Orion knife.
I absolutely LOVE this knife! It appears much better in person than your photos give credit for. My camera is very bad and doesn’t capture its true beauty at all.
It feels extremely awkward holding my other blades now. They just feel… weird. I love the intricate and ornate artistic elements on the handle, the blade shape, and the designs on the sheath. The most important thing is both are much more solid than any blade and sheath I’ve had before. The entire thing is amazing, and there are no flaws, major or minor, that I can see. The knife is pretty heavy, but I like the weight to knives if done right. (And here’s a hint: you did it right!)
There is nothing I have that compares to the extreme quality that this knife has.
I can appreciate art very much, being an artist myself. I appreciate all the work, time, and effort that is put into any form of artwork. You are an excellent knife maker with excellent service.
I wish you well on your knife making and for you to be able to work with your passion for as long as possible. Keep it up and don’t ever stop!

Thank you once again,
-J. K.


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"Orion" reverse side view. Sheath is fully inlaid, front and back and in the belt loop with frog skin "Orion" handle spine filework detail. "Royale" filework down fully tapered tang, with dovetailed bolsters shown. "Orion" inside handle tang detail. All surfaces are rounded, contoured, and smoothed for a comfortable grip "Orion" obverse side knife view. This is a curvaceous blade and handle, with a near "gun" grip orientation of handle to blade for wrist relief "Orion" reverse side blade view. Deeply curving blade is deeply and thinly hollow ground with a razor keen edge and thin, strong point "Orion" obverse side handle view. curves of handle and grip are echoed in hand-engraving of bolsters "Orion" reverse side handle detail. Mirror polished stainless steel in both blade and bolsters are high chromium,  bright, bluish stainless steels that compliment each other in appearance and durability "Orion" reverse side gemstone handle detail. Rio Grande Agate is very hard and tough, with areas of depth, milky translucence, and bright oranges, tans, burgundys and reds "Orion" obverse side gemstone handle details. Rio Grande Agate handle is seamlessly fitted to bolsters and handle tang "Orion" obverse side front bolster engraving detail. This is over a three power enlargement of the bolster engraving "Orion" obverse side rear bolster engraving in over 3X enlargement "Orion" Three power reverse side front bolster engraving detail. Rolling leaves in design compliment the curves of the blade and sheath inlay "Orion" reverse side three power bolster engraving detail. Seamless fit is visible in bolster to handle scale, gemstone pattern is striking and unique "Orion" blade point detail. Point is very thin, with relief blending to cutting edge and needle-point accuracy. Blade is curvaceous and leaf-like. "Orion" sheathed view. Sheath has high back and low front to reveal the beautiful gemstone handle and offer easy unsheathing "Orion" sheath back view. Sheath has generous inlays of frog skin in burgundy leather, with meandering puzzle stitch of black polyester "Orion" sheath mouth view. Sheath has matching inlays of frog skin in burgundy leather "Orion" sheath front detail. Frog skin is curious and textured, lacquered and sealed inlays matching engraving and blade leaf pattern "Orion" sheath belt loop and inlays detail. Belt loop has double row stitching for durability "Orion" sheath back detail. Sheath has meandering puzzle stitch that curiously does not match front stitch pattern for interest

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