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"Tribal" in hand-engraved 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle, sheath of hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder, stand of 304 stainless steel, American black walnut, mesquite, lauan hardwoods, engraved black lacquered brass
"Tribal"

Thuban

"Thuban" obverse side view in CPM154CM high molybdenum powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Australian Petrified Wood gemstone handle, hand-carved, hand-dyed leather sheath
"Thuban"
  • Size: Length overall: 7.6" (19.3 cm), Blade Length: 3.5" (8.9 cm), Thickness: .193" (4.9 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 6.5 oz. (184 grams) Sheath: 4.0 oz. (113 grams)
  • Blade: CPM154CM High Molybdenum Powder Metal Technology Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Cryogenically Treated, Hardened and Tempered to 62 HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, hand-engraved
  • Handle: Opaline Petrified Wood Gemstone, Australia
  • Sheath: Hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder
  • Knife: The Thuban is named for a star in the constellation Draco, and this is a very popular drop point pattern of mine. This particular Thuban has a brightly and cleanly hollow ground, mirror-polished blade of CPM154CM high molybdenum martensitic stainless steel. This is modern powder metal technology steel, created as a finely powdered mass fused into a solid bar with no segregation or density variation of the alloy components. I've employed deep cryogenic treatment at -325°F with additional deep thermal cycling at -325°F for the ultimate in high wear resistance with high toughness this steel offers. This radical and extensive heat treating process creates the maximum carbide precipitation, maximum transformation of martensite, and quite simply, makes this steel the very best it can possibly be. This is a beautiful blade, with a smooth, even, appearance and no visible grain. The grinds are deep and well-matched with a nice lead-off for plenty of spine strength, and the cutting edge is thin and durable. With the high hardness, increased toughness, and cryogenic processing, this knife will hold its edge an extremely long time. This is a small, yet robust blade, with substance and thickness in the spine. I bolstered this Thuban with zero-care high nickel, high chromium 304 stainless steel bolsters, and I fully engraved the rounded, contoured and smoothed bolsters with an art nouveau design, lightly shaded. The bolsters are dovetailed and bed a pair of petrified wood gemstone handle scales. This is an opaline petrified wood from Australia, a hydrated silica, with a milky, smooth and unique texture, in bold tones and figure. The stone has medium to dark brown tree ring lines, with pink to reddish stains. This is a bookmatched pair of gemstone scales, clearly visible in the inside handle tang view photo below. The gemstone feels smooth and silky and is set off with the sunrise filework pattern completely around the fully tapered tang. The knife feels stout and full in the hand, with the three-finger handle disappearing into the palm and a wide bolster area for thumb pressure.
  • Sheath: I wanted a sheath that would match the color and style of the knife, so I hand-carved and tooled the same art nouveau design that is on the bolsters into the front, back, and belt loop of the 9-10 oz. leather shoulder. I then hand-dyed the sheath with dark cocoa brown background and a highlight wash of raisin mahogany. I hand-stitched the sheath with brown polyester, and sealed it with acrylic against the elements.
  • Sheaths (PSD): An additional pair of sheaths were requested for this knife for Principal Security Detail (PSD) wear. When heads of state or important dignitaries travel with professional tactical support teams, these teams are called Principal Security Details. They typically wear suits, and with their shirts costing over $500 and the suits in the thousands, they simply don't want a leather sheath that could bleed and stain their clothing in hot, humid, or active environments. Because there is always a chance of leather becoming damp and bleeding dyes and sealers, these special clients request sheaths that are untreated in any way, in essence, bare leather. The sheaths included in this package are several. First one sheath is horizontal, for wear in the belt line, usually in the middle of the back, and the knife secured in the horizontal sheath with my "drop lock" which consists of a long stack of stitched leather that restricts raising of the handle. The knife cannot be unsheathed unless the handle is raised; it is dropped to lock it in the sheath. To unlock the sheath, the stack is pressed and the knife handle can be raised and the knife unsheathed behind the back, without visual aid. The second sheath is a standard vertical sheath, worn along the belt, with tension holding the knife in typical fashion. The PSD sheaths are another example of my commitment to bring knives and accessories specifically suited to my client's individual requests.

Thanks, S.!



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"Thuban" reverse side view. Sheath back and belt loop are hand-carved with art nouveau design to match engraving on knife bolsters "Thuban" spine edgework, filework detail. Thick spine is fully fileworked, tapered for balance, bolsters are dovetailed to lock handle scales to tang "Thuban" inside handle tang view. Note book matching scales in tree ring pattern of petrified wood handle scales "Thuban" obverse side handle detail. Opaline petrified wood gemstone has hints of red and pink in fascinating pattern of hydrated silica gemstone "Thuban" reverse side handle detail. Hand-engraving in 304 stainless steel is an art nouveau design. "Thuban" sheathed view. Sheath carving matches art nouveau design in bolsters, tone of hand-dying compliments the Australian petrified wood gemstone handle "Thuban" PSD sheath, vertical, untreated, undyed leather shoulder, for wear under expensive suit jacket "Thuban" Vertical PSD knife sheath, back side view. This undyed, untreated leather shoulder is for standard vertical wear along a belt or webbing "Thuban" PSD Drop-lock horizontal sheath. Worn behind the back, the knife is prevented from moving with a long tab of leather that prohibits raising and unlocking it from sheath "Thuban" PSD horizontal drop-lock sheath, back side view. Sheath belt loops are orinted for horizontal wear position under suit jacket

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