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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
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"Grus" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Spiderweb Jasper gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath
"Grus" Fine Investment, Collector's, Working Handmade Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 7.0" (17.8 cm), Blade Length: 3.25" (8.3 cm), Thickness: .196" (5.0 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 5.2 oz. (147 grams) Sheath: 3.5 oz. (99 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58, mirror polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, hand-engraved, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Spiderweb Jasper Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved Leather Shoulder
  • Knife: Grus is the Latin word for Crane, and this pattern is named for the constellation of the Crane in the southern sky. This is a high quality, tough, and durable drop point design of knife, with a stout and sharp hollow ground blade and a sensible and comfortable three-finger handle that feels like it belongs in the hand. I made the blade in 440C high chromium martensitic tool steel, which is hard, extremely tough and wear resistant, and extremely corrosion resistant: the most corrosion resistant of all the stainless blade steels. The blade is deeply hollow ground with crisp, clean, and very well matched grinds, sweeping grind terminations for great strength, and a good deal of spine to support the nice curved belly of the blade. The knife has a clean choil to terminate the single bevel cutting edge, which is razor-keen and easy to maintain due to the thin blade edge and hollow grind. The drop point is easy to sheathe, with a geometry that does not protrude, snag, or hang on the sheath welts or sides; this is a great advantage in a drop point style. The thick and strong spine is fully fileworked completely around the tang with a punchy vine variant pattern, and the butt of the tang has a milled lanyard slot outside the polished rear bolster for security. The bolsters are high nickel, high chromium 304 austenitic stainless steel for zero-care, and I designed some unique artwork for the hand-engraved bolster faces. The pattern is reminiscent of tusks, bone-needles, or spider fangs, a deeply engraved and shaded overlaying pattern that I enjoyed cutting into this bolster set. The bolsters are dovetailed and bed a pair of striking and rare handle scales. The material is Spiderweb Jasper, an unusual find: a hard cryptocrystalline quartz that takes and holds a high polish with beautiful visual contrast. I've seen a lot of jasper called spiderweb, but most of it is Rhyolite, a volcanic rock, and not a true jasper. This is a true jasper, extremely hard and durable, with red threads webbed through all of the black matrix, with some dots and inclusions of other colors, like the red web of a spider or the thready filaments of a starry nebula. It is very difficult to find enough of this gem for a knife handle; most pieces of rough are very small. I even book-matched the handle scales. This means this is a rare knife, with uncommon handle material that I'm unlikely to see again. The handle is contoured, smoothed, and very comfortable nestled in the first three fingers of the hand. The knife feels very stout for its modest size.
  • Sheath: The sheath for this Grus is clean and simple, in hand-carved and polished finished 9-10 oz. leather shoulder. The design reflects some of the curves of the knife, a drip and fang influence, and the thick, strong leather is dyed dark brown, lacquered and sealed. It's hand-stitched with black nylon with a belt loop that will accommodate a 1.5 to 1.75 inch belt. The sheath is deep and protective, with enough of the handle exposed for an easy unsheathing.
  • A stout, tough knife, with a unique and rare character, suitable for collection, investment, or use .

Thanks, T. S.!

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"Grus" reverse side view. Sheath has tough hand-carved belt loop and border tooled sheath back "Grus" spine edgework, filework detail. Deep, punchy vine variant filework adds handmade unique character to the knife, dovetailed bolsters and fully tapered tangs demonstrate quality "Grus" inside handle tang detail. Full filework, with deep choil to terminate cutting edge, with all surfaces comfortable and smoothly contoured and polished means a high quality knife "Grus" obverse side handle detail. Spiderweb jasper with starry inclusions looks like the filaments of a nebula in blackness. "Grus" reverse side handle detail. engraving of tusks, fangs, or bone needles compliment the spiderweb character of the knife. "Grus" obverse side front bolster engraving detail. Hand-engraved 304 stainless steel is the ultimate bolster material with the ultimate treatment, fine hand-engraving. "Grus" reverse side rear bolster engraving detail. engraved bolsters are contoured and finished, rear bolster allows access to milled lanyard slot in knife tang. "Grus" point detail. The drop point blade shape is a tough, durable and very stout design, this one has a razor keen cutting edge in hollow ground stainless tool steel. "Grus" sheathed view. Sheath is deep and protective, yet allows easy unsheathing with rear finger quillon and deep finger groove access. Sheath is lacqured and sealed, polished and clean.

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