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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


"Regulus" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Spiderweb Obsidian gemstone  handle, Frog skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Regulus" Fine Handmade Custom Knife
  • Size: Knife: Length overall: 7.25" (18.4 cm), Blade Length: 3.4" (8.6 cm), Thickness: .138" (3.5 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 4.5 oz. (128 grams) Sheath: 3.5 oz. (99 grams)
  • Blade: 440C high chromium stainless steel, hardened and tempered to 58HRC, mirror polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished, hand-engraved
  • Handle: Spiderweb Obsidian Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather, hand-dyed, inlaid with Frog skin
  • Knife: A custom knife for a great client, this Regulus is named for the brightest star in the constellation Leo. The blade of this knife is a drop point style with a hint of a Nessmuk design. This means the spine is raised near the tip, just a bit, and then the spine is dropped toward the point. This makes the knife tip strong and useful with a good sweep in the belly and a knife blade that is easy to sheath. This Regulus has a blade in mirror polished 440C high chromium stainless steel, a great martensitic stainless tool steel that has great longevity, beauty, and resistance to corrosion. It is deeply and accurately hollow ground and sharpened to a razor keen, single bevel cutting edge. My client requested filework on the spine only, so a clean, small pattern extends from behind the tip to the butt of the handle. The blade is full tang, fully tapered for balance, and is bolstered with zero-care 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel. The bolsters are engraved with a deep relief pattern of nice curves and figures, complimenting both the profile shape of the knife and the pattern on the curious handle material. This handle is Spiderweb Obsidian, a rare gemstone that has light grayish-green webs of color throughout a dark bluish-gray background. Obsidian is volcanic glass, formed when quartz (silicon dioxide) is quickly cooled into a large, amorphous, glassy form. The obsidian is tougher than manmade glass, a true gemstone of the ancients, and I brightly finished the stone scales to a glassy, smooth finish. The handle shape is a three finger design, with the small finger wrapping around the depression at the rear bolster. The blade feels very light in the hand, as the balance point is at the front bolster-to-handle scale junction.
  • Sheath: My client requested a sheath with exotic inlays, one commensurate and matching to the handle, so I created this one in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, hand-carved, hand-dyed black, inlaid with gray two-tone Frog skin. The sheath is stitched with black polyester for strength and water resistance, and the inlays are in the front, back, and even in the belt loop. The sheath is sealed with an acrylic gloss sealer, waxed and hand buffed for resistance against the elements and longevity.
  • A beautiful custom knife that was a pleasure to make.

Thanks, O. L.!

Hi, Jay,
The knife finally arrived yesterday! All I can say is it was worth the long wait. The knife is really a work of art!
Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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"Regulus" reverse side view. Sheath back is hand-carved and inlaid with exotic frog skin "Regulus" spine filework, edgework detail. Spine filework extends from tip to handle butt in light , clean pattern "Regulus" inside handle tang view. Tang is fully tapered for balance, tang is smooth, rounded, and comfortable to hold "Regulus" obverse side handle detial. Handle is Spiderweb Obsidian, a glassy and interesting gemstone of volcanic origin "Regulus" reverse side handle view. Handle is suited to three finger grip, with small finger at rear bolster "Regulus" obverse side front bolster engraving detail. This is a FIVE power enlargement! "Regulus" obverse side gemstone handle scale detail. Spiderweb obsidian is all solid, the veins are color only and the material is glassy and polished "Regulus" obverse side rear bolster engraving detail, 5x enlargement. 304 stainless steel is zero-care "Regulus" reverse side rear bolster engraving enlargement, 5X view. All surfaces are rounded, contoured and polished for smoothness "Regulus" 5 power enlargement of reverse side engraving bolster detail. "Regulus" blade point detail. Nice sweeping belly is razor keen with a single bevel cutting edge "Regulus" sheathed view. Sheath matches handle and blade well in gray frogskin inlays in hand-carved leather "Regulus" sheath mouth view. Sheath is deep and protective, with just enough handle exposed for unsheathing "Regulus" sheath back detail. Even belt loop is inlaid with exotic frog skin.

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