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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
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Rio Grande

"Rio Grande" obverse side view in blued O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium alloy tool steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Honduras Rosewood Burl hardwood handle, hand-stamped basket weave leather sheath
"Rio Grande" Custom Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 8.75" (22.2 cm), Blade Length: 4.25" (10.8 cm), Thickness: .176" (4.5 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 6.6 oz. (187 grams) Sheath: 4.4 oz. (125 grams)
  • Blade: O1 High Carbon Tungsten-Vanadium Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59
  • Bolsters, Fittings: Hand-Engraved 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Honduras Rosewood Burl Hardwood
  • Sheath: Hand-Stamped Basket Weave Leather Shoulder
  • Knife: The Rio Grande is one of my earliest designs, and it was a great pleasure to custom make this one for a special client. The Rio Grande was originally designed as an overall utility knife, capable of many knife chores and uses. This one has a satin finished O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium tool steel alloy blade, and I hot blued the blade for corrosion resistance and a beautiful dark look. The blade has a deep hollow grind, a simple choil, nicely radiused grind terminations, and an extremely sharp single angle bevel cutting edge that is easy to maintain. The knife blade has top spine filework, and a fully tapered tang for balance which is right at the forefinger in a forward grip style. The spine and tang are cold blued for easy maintenance and a matched look. The knife is bolstered with zero-care high chromium, high nickel 304 austenitic stainless steel that I hand-engraved with a traditional scroll pattern and the owner's own personal brand in deep relief. I oriented the engraving so that it is straight up when the knife is worn in the sheath. The dovetailed bolsters bed a pair of book-matched rich and dark Honduras Rosewood Burl hardwood scales, which are pinned with six 304 stainless steel through-tang pins for great longevity and durability. The knife is simply comfortable and extremely useful, a traditional drop point form that is prime for any cutting task, yet beautiful enough for investment.
  • Sheath: My client requested a straightforward sheath of heavy 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, and I hand-stamped a tight and close basket weave pattern on the face, the back, and even on the belt loop. The sheath is hand-stitched with polyester sinew, the toughest binder on the market, dyed medium brown, lacquered and sealed.
  • A great traditional knife form that I'm still honored to make!

Thanks, D. T.!

The Double D Rio Grande is the absolute perfection of our agreed to style finish, Double D carving, and Honduras Rosewood burl. The sheath for the knife is drop dead gorgeous....you somehow came within pennies of our agreed-to price-
As a patron, I am grateful to own my Jay Fisher Collection at these prices!
Best regards,

D. T.


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"Rio Grande" custom knife, reverse side view. Sheath is stamped, tooled front and back. Knife form is traditional and clean "Rio Grande" spine edgework, filework detail. Note solid and fully tapered tang, nicely contoured handle shape "Rio Grande" inside handle tang view. Tang is fully tapered with dovetailed bolsters and rich bookmatched Honduras Rosewood Burl exotic hardwood "Rio Grande" obverse side handle detail. Honduras Rosewood Burl is naturally self-sealing and resinous, very durable. "Rio Grande" reverse side handle detail. Handle scales are bedded and sealed, pins are zero clearance stainless steel "Rio Grande" reverse side rear bolter engraving detail. Client's personal brand is hand-engraved in deep relief in stainless steel bolsters. "Rio Grande" obverse side rear bolster detail. Hand-engraved 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel "Rio Grande" obverse side front bolster detail. Makers mark is diamond engraved in deeplly blued steel blade, note clean choil and cutting edge. "Rio Grande" reverse side front bolster detail. Note clean satin finish, hot blued on high alloy steel blade "Rio Grande" sheathed view. Sheath  is deep, protective, displays owner's brand on rear bolster

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