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"Raptor" reverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Peruvian Lapis Lazuli gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with Caiman skin
Raptor

Argyre

"Argyre" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel hand-engraved bolsters, Australian Landscape Jasper gemstone handle, hand-carved, hand-dyed leather sheath
"Argyre"
  • Size: Knife: Length overall: 12.4" (31.5 cm), Blade Length: 7.0" (17.8 cm), Thickness: .201" (5.1 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 12.5 oz. (354 grams) Sheath: 5.8 oz. (164 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to HRC58, Mirror Polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished, hand-engraved
  • Handle: Australian Landscape Jasper Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather, hand-dyed
  • Knife: The name Argyre comes from Greek and Roman mythology, and is the name for a mythical island of silver. The bright silvery color of chromium is at the forefront of this Argyre, in highly polished and embellished stainless steel. The blade is a geometric study of acute angles in a tanto style, completely hollow ground throughout. The grinds are crisp, clean, even and accurate, and highly polished for a lustrous glow. The blade has a devastatingly sharp point, where the confluence of the tanto yokote (dividing line) and the half-length top swage meet. The blade is fileworked throughout, with a punchy, regimented pattern reminiscent of blocks, ladders, or even building bricks. The tang is fully tapered for balance of weight, which is critical since the Argyre pattern has a long handle, meant for a large, comfortable grip. The razor-keen single bevel cutting edge is even and smooth, and the grind termination cleanly and decisively radiused, to transfer force to the blade without stresses. The ricasso is small for abundant edge, and the front bolster face is sculpted to take maximum advantage of ricasso. The bolsters are my favorite 304 high chromium, high nickel austenitic stainless steel for maximum toughness and durability with zero care. They are dovetailed and bed a pair of fascinating gemstone handle scales. This is Australian Landscape Jasper, an intriguing rock that was initially formed through sedimentation processes, but then was fused deep beneath the earth through metamorphic process into a very hard, tough, and durable microcrystalline quartz. In this fusion, you can see the results of pressure shifting that has sheared the stone and then re-fused the rock into a homogenous material. There are no actual cracks, seams or fissures in this stone; it's one very solid and smooth piece, notwithstanding the curious pattern (below). The time, pressure, temperature, and forces necessary to do this boggle the mind; truly this is a rock that was billions of years in the making. The landscape is fascinating to study, with golden to greenish brown figures that reminded me of some distant planet, perhaps near the shore of that mythical silver island. This inspired me to create the solar burst design I hand-engraved on the stainless steel bolsters and the bursting green and gold design in the sheath, a green flare in a distant and forgotten land. The jasper is a hard microcrystalline quartz; it will literally outlast every other part of the knife, and you and I, and our descendants! I've polished it to a smooth and glassy finish, and the knife handle feels wonderful in the hand. The handle is a long one, one of the longest I make on this size of knife, yet the balance is just right, at the forefinger in forward grip.
  • Sheath: I wanted a very special sheath for this knife, one that represents and is commensurate with the colors, patterns, design, and theme of the knife. I hand-carved and hand-dyed this sheath from 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, taking many days of successive transitional layering of color dyes applied by micro-brush to achieve the look I wanted. The sheath is tooled and dyed front and back, and even the belt loop is completely finished to match. The sheath is stitched with nylon for strength, and the belt loop has double row stitching for extra durability. The leather is coated and sealed, with edges smoothed and comfortable. The knife sits deeply and tightly in the sheath, with plenty of flavorful handle exposed to ease unsheathing.
  • I hope you will be inspired as I was in creating this special knife. The details and execution of the style, form, materials, finish, and overall theme of the piece is one I'll be proud of for many years.

Thanks, L. B.!


Jay,
I received the knife. It is amazing and a valued addition to my collection. It joins knives made by both some of the most famous makers (Moran, Loveless, D'Holder, Dean, Hendrickson, Warenski, Schmidt, Kessler, Morseth, etc.) and many up and comers I believe in.
I really believe your are a great knife maker on the rise!
Thanks again, and please keep me posted on anything else you make that comes available.
Best,

--L. B.


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"Argyre" reverse side view. Sheath back is fully carved and hand-dyed, taking many steps and days to complete "Argyre" spine edgework, filework detail. Tang is fully tapered, bolsters are dovetailed to lock gemstone handle material to blade "Argyre" inside handle tang view. All surfaces are rounded, polished, smoothed and comfortable "Argyre" obverse side handle view. The contrast of curved starburst and linear handle pattern, lines and shape balance the form "Argyre" reverse side handle detail. Gemstone handle is bedded to frame of full tang knife blade, front bolsters are sculpted to grind termination "Argyre" obverse side front bolster engraving detail. This is a four power enlargement! "Argyre" obverse side rear bolster details. This enlargement over four times shows the smmoth transition of gemstone to stainless steel "Argyre" reverse side front bolster engraving detail. A four power enlargement showing details of hand-engraved 304 stainless steel, one of the most difficult to engrave "Argyre" four power enlargement of reverse side rear bolster engraving. Note the curious color pattern in the green landscape jasper gemstone "Argyre" reverse side gemstone handle detail. Here you can see the pressure shifting that took place millions and millions of years before the rock was fused into a solid jasper: there are no seams, cracks, or fissures in this stone, it's solid and smooth. "Argyre" obverse side handle detail. Australian Landscape Jasper has fascinating patterns, with depth and intruiging lines originally formed by sedimentation but converted through metamorphic process to solid jasper "Argyre" sheathed view. Sheath is styled to knife design pattern and influence, with meticulous hand-carving and hand dying taking many days to complete transitional colors and depth "Argyre" sheathed view, mouth perspective. Sheath is hand-stitched with black nylon for durability, is tough and solid and thick leather shoulder "Argyre" sheath back detail. Even belt loop is hand-carved and hand-dyed, with double row stitching for durability. All edges are rounded, smoothed, finished, and sealed. "Argyre" point detail. A devastating study in point geometry, with confluence of actually six planar and hollow ground surfaces with acute angles and razor keen edge

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