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Laramie Knifeworks -- Abalone Shell and Ebony Small Linerlock

 

 

Folder Type: Gentlemen Small Linerlock
Blade Length: 1 3/4 inches
Overall Length: 4 9/16 inches
Blade Steel: "Islands In The Stream" Pattern High Carbon Damascus Steel 
Handle Material: Abalone Shell

Bolster Material: Ebony 

Thumb Knob Gemstone: A Yellow Sapphire graded IF (which is the highest grade given and means the gemstone is internally flawless and free of inclusions)
Filework: On top of blade and liners
Liners: Jeweled Small Linerlock
Additional Information: Abalone is one of the most beautiful material for making knife handles. The thick inner layer of the Abalone shell is composed of  nacre, (also present in Mother-of-Pearl), which makes an iridescent shell with lots and lots of changeable colors as you change the angle of view. Abalone grown in the wild are expected to go extinct in the next 200 years because of over harvesting and acidification of oceans. So now Abalones are farm raised in order to protect the species. The Abalone I use in my knife handles come from farm raised Abalone grown in South Korea. The iridescent inner shell of these farm raised Abalones is often very curved and does not lend itself for making knives (you need a flat surface instead of a curved surface for knife handles). But farm raised Abalone can be commercially processed to form a very nice and beautiful flat "sheet" by extracting the beautiful inner shell and then making flat layers which are then glued together to make a usable thick, strong, flat shell-- which is perfect for making knife handles. he Woolly Rhinoceros is an extinct species of Rhinoceros that was common throughout Europe and northern Asia during the Pleistocene which lasted from 2.5 million to 11,700 years ago. This animal became extinct because of several reasons including hunting, climate change, and diseases. The Woolly Rhinoceros coexisted with the Woolly Mammoth and both sometimes shared the same forage areas. The Woolly Rhinoceros used in the knife handles came from Siberia. Most of these fossils come from native people who collect them on river banks and from various digging sites. This particular piece used for the knife handle has cracks/crevices for character.

Ebony is a super dense black wood that will sink in water. The wood takes on a beautiful smooth finish when polished and can sometimes have brownish colored streaks. Ebony is considered an ornamental wood and historically was used for the black keys of a piano. Cameroon ebony comes from the Western Africa nation of Cameroon and was legally obtained. This wood is one of the most expensive of all woods and provides a nice contrast to the Abalone Shell. 

Comes With: Pouch and Knife Stand

Price: $250

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