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"Argyre" reverse 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

Grus (The Crane)

"Grus" 440C stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 Stainless steel bolsters, Binghamite gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath
Grus (The Crane)
  • Size: Length overall: 7.0" (17.8 cm), Blade Length: 3" (7.6 cm), Thickness: .1875" (4.7 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 5.5 oz. Sheath 3.0 oz.
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59, hollow ground, mirror polished
  • Fittings/Bolsters: 304 Stainless Steel, hand-engraved, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Binghamite (Silkstone) Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-Carved 9-10 oz. Leather Shoulder, Second sheath in Ostrich Leg skin inlaid in leather
  • The name Grus comes from a constellation in the southern hemisphere, and from Latin, meaning crane. The blade is hollow ground 440C high chromium martensitic stainless tool steel, hardened and tempered to Rc59, a very hard temper that is supported by a thick spine cross section. The tapered tang is fully fileworked in a vine pattern, even down to the thin extended lanyard hole at the butt of the handle. For the bolsters, I chose 304 austenitic stainless steel, and they're engraved with a grassy reed pattern. The bolsters are dovetailed to hold a beautiful piece of Binghamite gemstone, also called Silkstone, with bright red bands of red hematite, goethite, and quartz. The hand-carved sheath was carefully dyed with successive color applications to get a warm, rusty tone that accented the colors of the gemstone without overshadowing it. You'll also notice an additional sheath; this is a crossdraw sheath that the client also wanted, and I made this one in hand-stitched 9 - 10 oz. leather shoulder, hand-carved with inlays of burgundy Ostrich leg skin.

Thanks, J.P.!

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"Grus" edgework, filework detail "Grus" obverse side handle detail "Grus" Binghamite gemstone reverse handle detail "Grus" sheathed detail. This side is sheath front, crossdraw style wear "Grus" Sheath detail. Note crossdraw and inlays of burgundy ostrich skin in hand-carved leather

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