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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

African Hunter


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pink Ivory Hunter

Blade: 440 C hardened to 59Rc,double ground, OAL 9" Handle: Pink Ivory and Ebony with nickle silver guard,spacers and butt cap. Pink Ivory, also known as umNini or umGoloty, is treasured as a rare, exotic wood. It grows predominantly in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The tree is protected and can only be felled by a very limited permit. Years ago, pink ivory was the royal tree of the Zulu kings. The wood is very hard and heavy and it has a very fine grain, which allows a high polish. Ebony is also a very hard and dense wood and excellent for knife handles. It grows in Ceylon, India, Sri Lanka and Western Africa. Please click on picture to enlarge.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ivory and Damascus Pocket Knife The blade and bolsters are made of Norris Raindrop Damascus. Damascus steel was a type of steel used in Indian and Middle Eastern sword-making, originally based on wootz steel, a steel developed in South India before the Common Era. These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water. Such blades were reputed to be tough (Wikipedia) The beauty and serendipity of Damascus seem to be endless. The scales are elephant ivory one of my favorite materials to work with. Ivory has been valued since ancient times for making a range of items of which knife making is one of them. The thumb stud has buffalo horn inlay. The blade has Roman Knot file work on and is honed to a sharp resilient edge. Please click on knife to enlarge.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Clip Point Hunting Knife

This is a sabre grind clip point hunting knife. The sabre grind is a strong edge format. The bevel starts around the middle of the blade, and proceeds flatly towards the edge. It features a mirror polished blade 72" blade stock and 1/8" blade depth, hidden tang construction. The handle has a nickel silver guard and pommel and is made of amber, oosik, spalted mapel and copper with black and nickel silver spacers. Blade length is 5 1/8" OAL is 9 3/4" Click on picture to enlarge

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Safari Design Pocket Knife

Rustic Beauty | Expert Precision | Superior Quality
Blade is ATS 34 – Rc 60 – Hand polished with rope file work on spine
Liners and bolsters: 416 Stainless steel
Scales: Sambar stag
Smooth action and a pleasure to use!
One  of  four...  This is one of my best sellers.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Green Canvas G10 Shadow Slip Joint Knife

Double Green Shadow - Back Pocket Slip Joint Knife
Tastefully complimented with Bow Tie Shield inlay 
Closed Length: 4"
Roman Knot File Work on Spring and Blade
  • 2-7/8"
  • ATS 34 Hollow Ground
  • Hand Polished
  • Hardened to 60 RC
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Shadow Trapper Pocket - scales like polished burlap

This is a tan shadow-trapper style with clip point blade.
Scales are tan G10 and have a nice texture look, almost like polished burlap.

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The bade is ATS 34 hardened to 60 RC enhanced with Roman Knot file work on the spine of the blade and the spring.

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It's hand-polished and hollow ground.
Closed: 3 ¾”
Blade length: 3”

This is a nice "walk and talk" the ultimate light weight pocket knife.
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Let me know what you think!

Regards - Ian

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A lovely ivory pocket knife just for you ...

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This is another lovely pre-ban Elephant ivory Back Pocket knife, it features:

Roman Knot file work on spine and blade
File work on inside of liners
Blade and spring ATS 34. Hardened to 60 Rc
Bolsters and liners 416 stainless steel
Blade: 2 5/8”
Close: 3 5/8”
A great collector’s piece!

This is a classic example of a Back Pocket knife.
It features premium antique Ivory scales. The attention to detail and fit and finish are so fine that you can not feel where the steel and the Ivory meet and where I have set the shield in the ivory and attached the bolsters to the handle.

This one is sold but I can make one for you. Do not let the opportunity pass to add a knife like this to your collection.

Contact me to place an order.
Kind Regards

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

This is an ivory back pocket with Zulu spear blade.

The Zulu is a nation of Nguni-speaking people in KwaZulu-Natal province, South Africa. They are a branch of the southern Bantu and have close ethnic, linguistic, and cultural ties with the Swazi and Xhosa. The Zulu are the single largest ethnic group in South Africa and numbered about nine million in the late 20th century.

This knife is a very nice "walk and talk" and made out of (pre-ban) Ivory - which is the perfect and very symbolic material for a Zulu knife.

I've added Roman knot file work on blade and spine
and file work on liners.

The knife is 3 ½ “ closed, the blade 2 5/8”
OAL 6 3/8”

A collectors piece it belongs to a client of mine.

Enjoy! -Ian

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

A knife that's out of this world!

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Although most of the time the materials I use in my knives consist of things that come from mother Earth - in this instance I decided to create a liner locker from an exotic space-age material that is quite literally out of this world.

The scales are made from a special  composite carbon material (manufactured by Boeing) used to conduct lightning and static electricity safely around a space shuttle orbiter.

I was lucky  enough to be able to purchase one tile of the last 5 that are in existence.

This makes this Safari Line-locker extraordinarily collectable.

Blade: ATS 34 – hardened to 60 Rc – Hollow ground – Mirror polished – African hut file work

Bolster: 416 Stainless steel – mirror polished.



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