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Laramie Knifeworks -- Giraffe Bone and Turquoise Lil Brute Folder Knife

 

Knife Type: Lil' Brute
Blade Length: 1 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 3 15/16 inches
Blade Steel: "Hailstorm" pattern Damascus High Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Giraffe Bone 

Bolsters: Turquoise 

Filework: On top of blade
Thumb Knob Gemstone: An Orange Sapphire graded IF (which is the highest grade given and means the gemstone is internally flawless and free of inclusions

Comes With: Pouch and Knife Stand

Additional Information: The Giraffe bones I use are from the leg bones of the Giraffe. These bones come from South Africa and were legally obtained from harvested animals. This particular piece has a nice shine and patina. 

Most of the turquoise on the market has been treated in some way to deal with four problems characteristic with this gemstone. First, turquoise is soft, sometimes even brittle, and thus susceptible to fractures. Second, turquoise is porous and which makes it is susceptible to staining, discoloration, and fading. Third, untreated turquoise never comes in a slab form just "rocks", so you can never make knife handles. Fourth, turquoise is getting harder to find and supplies are of a lower quality. These four problems can be handled in different ways, but the most common techniques is to reconstitute the turquoise by grinding the turquoise to a powder then adding a binding agent then dried. This makes slabs of turquoise which can then be used for knife handles. This piece provides a nice contrast to the Giraffe Bone.

Price: $200
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