Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
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.
Posted by Ian Van Reenen at 2:04 PM
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.
Posted by Ian Van Reenen at 1:03 PM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
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
Posted by Ian Van Reenen at 1:46 PM