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Laramie Knifeworks -- Curly Koa and Box Elder Burl Lil Brute Folder Knife

 

Knife Type: Lil' Brute
Blade Length: 1 1/2 inches
Overall Length: 3 7/8 inches
Blade Steel: "Islands In The Stream" pattern Damascus High Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Curly Koa 

Bolsters: Box Elder Burl 

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: 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.

Box 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.  

Price: $200
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