"Islands In The Stream" pattern Damascus High Carbon Steel
top of blade
An Orange Sapphire graded IF (which is the highest grade given and
means the gemstone is internally flawless and free of inclusions
Pouch and Knife Stand
Koa is a large tree that is native to Hawaii. Historically, Koa
was used to make outrigger canoes and surfboards. The wood is
reddish and is now used for furniture and musical instruments. Koa
is a scarce wood because most Koa forests have been turned into
pasture and animals love to eat the seedlings. Now most of the Koa
comes from dead or dying trees on private property. Koa can take on
a curly appearance which look like 3-D ripples
or waves in the grain pattern. Curly Koa is highly desirable,
scarce, expensive, and used in high dollar guitars with some guitars
fetching $3,000 and more. Fender guitar made a limited edition
models of the Telecaster and Stratocaster in 2006. The Koa I use in
my knives is of the highest grade and has a large amount of 3-D
curls. This Koa came from a storm damaged on the Island of Hawaii
near the Kilauea volcano on private property.
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 Birdseye and
provides a nice contrast to the Curly Koa.