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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


"Raptor" kerambits art pair in 440C stainless steel blades, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Sodalite, Jasper gemstone handles, blue, red stingray skin inlaid in leather sheaths, case of mahogany, bloodwood, ebony
"Tunguska and Manicouagan" Raptor Kerambits

"Tunguska and Manicouagan": These are a special set of my fine Raptor pattern kerambits (karambits) in a custom matching artistic handmade case. The stylized double-edged knives are based on an ancient Sumatran design of a hand sickle for harvesting rice. The graceful shapes suggest power and movement, so I designed the knives around two major celestial events believed to have occurred in our history, the Tunguska meteoric event in Russia (believed to be an icy comet), and the Manicouagan meteoric event in Canada (believed to be a fiery meteor). The icy crystal designs of the Tunguska meteor and fiery features of the Manicouagan meteor contrast the steel canvas of blades, reminiscent of the iron in a meteorite’s core and one of the building blocks of our universe.

The blades are hardened and tempered 440C high chromium martensitic stainless tool steel, Rockwell C59, mirror polished and double-edged with a combination taper grind and hollow grind, with fully tapered tangs and full vine filework. The bolsters are hand-engraved 304 high chromium, high nickel austenitic stainless steel. The gemstones are blue Sodalite (sodium aluminum silicate), which has been found in meteorites, and red Jasper (cryptocrystalline silicon dioxide) found in strata. The sheaths echo the designs of the individual knives in inlays of both red and blue rayskin in leather shoulder, hand- tooled and stitched with polyester sinew, lacquered and sealed.

The knives rest in a custom case, built to reflect great strength in wedged retainer mortise and tenon joinery, with a base wood of Mahogany and accents and hangers of carved Bloodwood and Ebony. The rectangles and triangles in the joinery of the case is balanced against the curved flowing shapes of knives within, illustrating containment of movement by constructed form.

A great art piece that was a pleasure to create!

Thanks, D. K.!

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"Raptor" kerambit (Tunguska) obverse side view in mirror polished 440C high chromium stainless tool steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Sodalite gemstone handle, blue stingray skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath "Raptor" kerambit (Tunguska) reverse side view. Note full sheath stingray skin inlays on sheath back and belt loop "Raptor" kerambit (Tunguska) edgework, filework detail. Note full work, dovetailed bolsters and handle scales, fully tapered tang "Raptor" kerambit (Tunguska) sheathed view. Sheath is elaborate and difficult to construct for this double edged and curved blade "Raptor" kerambit (Manicouagan) obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Jasper gemstone handle, red stingray skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath "Raptor" kerambit (Manicouagan) reverse side view. Note sheath back inlays of rayskin even in belt loop "Raptor" kerambit (Manicouagan) edgework, filework detail. Tang is fully fileworked, fully tapered, with dovetailed bolsters and handle scales. "Raptor" kerambit (Manicouagan) sheathed view. Sheath allows display of handle material and bolster engraving yet protects blade cutting edges and point "Raptor" kerambits (Manicouagan and Tunguska) comparison view. A striking set of curved, hollow ground, double edged blades "Raptor" kerambits (Tunguska and Manicouagan) reverse side view. Kerambit handles are comfortable, and finger ring includes persuador talon point "Raptor" kerambits in case. Hangers are ebony and bloodwood, all color of woods is natural, all pieces are hand-carved "Raptor" kerambits, case hanger close up. Hangers match engraving on bolsters, ice crystal form "Raptor" kerambits case hanger detail. Hangers for Manicouagan are hand-carved bloodwood, match case tension mortise wedges "Raptors" case, corner details. Body is mahogany, mortise and tenon construction with wedged tension wedges in hand-carved bloodwood and ebony "Raptors" case closure detail. Mahogany case cover is secured with ebony tension wedge in mortised and tenoned joinery "Raptors" case mortise and tenon tension wedge construction details. Glass removed for photo. "Raptors" fine case construction details. Fine cases are more than a simple box. "Raptors" display case detail. Note long hinge is solid mahogany  with brass pin "Raptors" (Tunguska and Manicouagan) note bolster engraving matches bloodwood hand-carved hangers.

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