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"Achelous" in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Indian Green Moss Agate gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with frog skin
"Achelous"

Shaula

"Shaula" obverse side view in ATS-34 high molybenum stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Ruby in Fuchsite gemstone handle, lizard skin inlaid in hand-carved leather shoulder
"Shaula" Fine Investment, Collector's, Working Handmade Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 8.90" (22.6 cm), Blade Length: 4.6" (11.7 cm), Thickness: .129" (3.3 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 3.6 oz. (102 grams) Sheath: 3.5 oz. (99 grams)
  • Blade: ATS-34 High Molybdenum Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58, mirror polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, hand-engraved, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Ruby in Fuchsite Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved Leather Shoulder Inlaid with Lizard Skin
  • Knife: Shaula is named for the brightest star system in the constellation Scorpius, residing in the raised tail of the scorpion. With a narrow, stinging shape, the slender blade is well-named. This is a unique style of knife, with a modest and very lightweight presence, yet complete with fine embellishment and beautiful gemstone. I made the blade in ATS-34 high molybdenum, high chromium martensitic stainless tool steel, for some of the highest toughness at high hardness available; the slender and thin blade required the superior toughness ATS-34 possesses. I ground the blade with a 6" contact wheel for a tight grind radius and a very thin and aggressive cutting edge while preserving full spine thickness for strength along the blade. The blade has a half-length top swage to further narrow the point profile and create a scalpel-thin, yet durable edge. The blade has full filework of varying crescent cuts around the fully tapered tang and a small, tight choil terminating the cutting edge. This is one of the few knives I create that does not have a pronounced forefinger quillon due to the very lightweight and elegant nature of the profile. I bolstered the knife with zero-care 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel, hand-engraved with an overlapping leaf cluster motif. The bolsters are dovetailed and bed a very beautiful pair of Ruby in Fuchsite gemstone handle scales. The matrix of this stone is green chromium muscovite with inclusions of brilliant ruby. The fuchsite is a micaceous (mica bearing) mineral with reflective spangles and crystalline areas and derives its green color from chromium. The ruby is aluminum oxide corundum, an extremely hard and beautiful gemstone usually seen in faceted mounts. The hard rubies stand slightly above the softer fuchsite, and have a bright, glassy polish. This beautiful contrasting gemstone handle compliments the light, scalpel-like blade of the Shaula with elegant character. At under 4 ounces, the Shaula feels featherweight and crisp in the hand.
  • Sheath: The sheath has a nice contrast with the Shaula and I made this one in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, dyed a medium brown, and hand-carved to accept large panel inlays of brown Teju lizard skin, hand-stitched with black nylon, sealed and buffed. The mouth of the sheath drops enough for display of the beautiful handle and bolster engraving, and allows easy access to the knife.
  • An elegant, slender, and fine knife with a beautiful gemstone handle, suitable for collection, investment, or use .

Thanks, G. L.!

The Shaula impressed me most with its featherweight lightness and apparent strength, and its fine, elegant and simple form. Surely as sharp or sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel, yet effortlessly wielded with precision, I foresee its constant companionship primarily as a fine dining implement. In my email, I believe I mentioned some Kobe beef and a ’55 Cheval Blanc as an adjunct to my upcoming birthday, and I was quite serious about it. I believe I may also find it occasionally useful in some of my exacting model-building work. Similar compliments as those made for the Sargon apply with equal validity to the Shaula, with regard to the spine filework, engraved quillons, and flawless mirror finish. However, without natural sunlight for proper viewing, I can only roughly observe the optical qualities bestowed by the mica-infused fuchsite/ruby scales. So I have something more to look forward to tomorrow.

--G. L.


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"Shaula" reverse side view. Teju lizard panels are full coverage, in and under the belt loop of the sheath "Shaula" edgework, filework detail. Filework is varying crescents, full along the slender spine and fully tapered tang "Shaula" inside handle tang detail. Bolsters are dovetailed, gemstone is bedded to tang "Shaula" obverse side handle detail. Hard rubies are brilliant in fuchsite muscovite mica with chromium handle. "Shaula" reverse side view, handle detail. Brilliant Ruby is hard and polished, green fuchsite has mica spangles and light play "Shaula" obverse side front bolster detail. Hand-engraving is leaf clusters, elegant and permanent in mirror polished 304 stainess steel "Shaula" obverse side rear bolster engraving detail. Clean engraving compliments the elegant lines of this slender knife. "Shaula" sheathed view. Sheath is deep and protective, wih full lizard skin panels, sealed and buffed. "Shaula" point detial. Blade is slender and elegant, tightly hollow ground, yet very tough.

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