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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

Yarden

"Yarden" obverse side view in CPMS30V high vanadium tool steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Thuya burl hardwood handle, hand-tooled leather sheath
"Yarden"
  • Size: Knife: Length overall: 9.9" (25.2 cm), Blade Length: 5.3" (13.5 cm), Thickness: .200" (5.1 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 7.7 oz. (218 grams) Sheath: 6.0 oz. (170 grams)
  • Blade: CPMS30V high vanadium stainless tool steel, hardened and tempered to 59HRC, bright satin finished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Thuya Burl Hardwood, quartersawn
  • Sheath: Hand-tooled leather shoulder, stainless steel snap
  • Knife: This is a full tang version of my original "Yarden," the name meaning "One who descends" and is the root Hebrew name for the Jordan River, where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist. The original "Yarden" links here.
    The steel for this piece is CPMS30V, an extremely wear resistant and tough powder metal technology stainless tool steel with high vanadium content. This is one of the most wear resistant steels made, and the powder metal process yields unsurpassed carbide content and distribution. Since it's a high vanadium tool steel, it can't be mirror polished so I finished this blade to a high satin finish for excellent corrosion resistance and easy cleaning. The blade is deeply hollow ground for a thin and effective point and cutting edge, with a half-length top swage that reduces point cross section without sacrificing point strength, yet the blade has substantial thickness for strength. The blade design is typical of boning, trimming, working, and defensive types with a long gentle sloping belly and an aggressive acute point. The knife is full tang, that is, one solid piece of CPMS30V from tip to butt. The tang is fully tapered for balance, and I've fileworked the trinity of crosses and diamonds on the blade spine, preceded by a modified vine extending fully around the tang. The knife is bolstered with zero-care 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel, the same steel used to make stainless steel nuts, bolts and high strength fasteners. This is the toughest material for bolsters, and they will last for generations. The bolsters are contoured, rounded, smoothed and polished to a mirror finish, and dovetailed to bed a pair of Thuya Burl exotic hardwood handle scales. This particular burl is quarter sawn, so the the traditional burl swirls are visible from the top of the spine and inside the handle tang view (below) but the plan view of the knife reveals an unusual ray and horizontal wavy pattern reminiscent of mountains or waves of dark peaks and valleys, and the terrain around the River Jordan. This is a very hard and durable wood, and is smoothly polished and finished, secured with four stainless steel through-tang pins. The knife feels solid and elegant in the hand, with the balance point at the junction of the front bolster and handle scale, for a light and easy blade weight. The rear bolster has a through-tang chamfered lanyard hole for extra security if needed; this is a serious, tough working knife that will keep an hold an incredible cutting edge.
  • I wanted a fully protective and secure sheath for this knife, so I designed one that has a foldover flap secured with an all-stainless steel snap for no corrosion worries. The flap has a formed and stitched boss on the inside that engages with the forefinger location on the knife, so that the knife can't come out of the sheath unless the flap is opened, even if upside down. This is critical with a narrow blade and handle, and good insurance if the owner takes a tumble or bump in the bush. The sheath is made entirely of heavy leather shoulder, hand-stamped and tooled with a fine basketweave pattern, stitched with brown polyester for durability. The belt loop will accommodate up to a 2.75" wide belt, and is double row stitched for extra security. The sheath is dyed a bison brown and sealed against the elements.
  • A classic and tough working tool in a great useful design

Thanks, S.!


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"Yarden" reverse side view. Sheath belt loop is double row stitched for extra security and durablity "Yarden" spine filework, edgework detail. Spine is fully fileworked, with trinity crosses and diamonds, and vine filework down fully tapered tang. "Yarden" inside handle tang view. Bolsters are dovetailed and lock handle scales to tang, all surfaces rounded, contoured, polished and smoothed for comfort. "Yarden" obverse side handle detail. Thuya burl on quarter sawn  with radial rays and peaks and valleys for distinctive appearance. "Yarden" reverse side view, handle detail. All surfaces rounded, contoured, radiused and smootly polished for comfort in use. Rear bolsters have through-tang lanyard hole for extra security if needed. "Yarden" sheathed view. Sheath is fully protective with stainless steel flap protection and locking boss inside flat to lock handle into sheath

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