7 5/8 inches
"Hailstorm" pattern Damascus high carbon steel
Box Elder Burl
A Yellow Sapphire graded IF (which is the highest grade given and
means the gemstone is internally flawless and free of inclusions)
top of blade and liners
Siberian Elm is native to eastern Siberia, northern China, and Turkestan. It
is the hardiest of all the elms. It can tolerate cold winters and
long periods of summer drought. A fast growing tree, it was
introduced to the United States in the 1860s and planted throughout
the Great Plains and the Midwest for windbreaks and shelterbelts. It
reproduces readily via windborne seeds, and is now established in
most of the United States and Canada. It is classified as a noxious
weed in New Mexico, and most state weed boards advise against
planting it because of its adaptability,
high rate of germination and rapid growth allow it to quickly
dominate areas such as roadsides and fence rows. This
particular piece of Siberian Elm looks like it has tumors throughout
but it is actually knots from the burl of the tree.
Elder is a fast growing tree that was often planted as a shade tree
and for windbreaks. The wood is plain but sometimes
Box Elder produces a burl in which
the grain is radically deformed because of some stress or damage and
makes small birdseye knots.
This burl wood is highly figured.
The Box Elder Burl I use in my knives comes from a storm-damaged
tree that was part of the original trees planted during the Mormon
migration to Utah. This
particular piece has lots of figure and provides a nice contrast to
Siberian Elm Burl.
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