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"Random Access Three" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology high molybdenum stainless steel blade, vertical and horizontal sheaths in hand-stamped brown basketweave leather shoulder
"Random Access III"


"Wasat" obverse side view in O1 high carbon tungsten vanadium tool steel alloy steel, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Australian Black Jade gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with green lizard skin
  • Size: Knife: Length overall: 8.26" (21.0 cm), Blade Length:4.1" (10.4 cm), Thickness: .179" (4.6 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 5.5 oz. (156 grams) Sheath: 4.0 oz. (122 grams)
  • Blade: O-1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium alloy tool steel, hardened and tempered, cryogenically treated to 59HRC, mirror polished, hot-blued
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished, hand-engraved
  • Handle: Australian Black Jade gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather inlaid with Tegu Lizard Skin
  • Knife: The knife "Wasat" is named for a star in the constellation Gemini, with a proper name of  Delta Geminorum. This is a medium-sized knife with a fine trailing point, super sharp and pointed. I made this Wasat in O1 high carbon tungsten-vanadium alloy tool steel, an improved O1 oil-hardening tool steel with added tungsten and vanadium for increased wear resistance. I heat treated and quenched and aged this steel with shallow cryogenic process, with deep cryogenic cycling between multiple tempers. This results in a very wear resistant and tough blade, an improvement of 400 percent better wear resistance than a conventionally treated blade in the same steel! I then mirror polished and hot-blued the blade for a glassy black appearance, and increased corrosion resistance to the surface. The knife has full filework in a simple vine pattern, bold and accurate throughout the fully tapered tang. I bolstered the knife in 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel for zero care, mirror finished. I then hand-engraved a bold leafy pattern with cross-hatch shading on the bolsters for a distinctive and darkened look. The knife is handled in black jade from Australia, a beautiful and extremely tough nephrite that is so dark a green as to be almost black (thus the name). In various lighting, it is hard to tell if it's green at all, because it's so dark. This nephrite is one of the very toughest gemstones there are, and will, simply, outlast the knife in every way. It's smooth and comfortable and solid in the hand, with the balance point at the union of the front bolster and handle scale. I've included several differently lit photos, with and without reflectors, so you can see the darkness of the handle and the boldness of the engraving.
  • Sheath: I made the sheath to match this knife in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, into which I hand-carved inlay pockets in the same leaf pattern that is on the bolsters. It is inlaid, front, back, and in the belt loop with 19 inlays of green Tegu lizard skin. The leather was dyed black, hand-stitched with black polyester, and sealed against the elements. The sheath is deep enough to protect the razor-keen blade and the knife owner, yet displays enough of the handle for beauty and easy access.
  • A very clean, handsome, dark, and exquisite knife with full embellishment.

Thanks, S. H.!

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"Wasat" trailing point knife, reverse side view. Blued O1 blade is jet black, and sheath back has full inlays in lizard skin "Wasat" spine edgework, filework detail. Bolsters are dovetailed to lock bedded handle scales to tang, knife has full filework in vine pattern "Wasat" inside handle tang view. All surfaces are rounded, contoured, smoothed and polished for a comfortable grip "Wasat" obverse side view, with reflector lighting to show engraving detail and hollow grind of blade. "Wasat" reverse side view with light reflector to show engraving on bolsters in detail, and hollow grind and grind lines. Handle is dark green, almost black "Wasat" sheath back detail. Sheath has full inlays of green Tegu lizard matching engraving on bolsters. "Wasat" sheathed view. Sheath is deep and protective, with high back for comfortable wear position. Green lizard in black leather matches black jade gemstone handle "Wasat" reverse side handle detail. Engraving of bold leaves with cross-hatched shading in this three power enlargement "Wasat" obverse side handle detail, 3x enlargement. Jade is so dark green, it's almost black, unique from Australia

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