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Laramie Knifeworks --  Malachite and Abalone Shell Medium Linerlock

 

 

Folder Type: Gentlemen Medium Linerlock
Blade Length: 2 1/4 inches
Overall Length: 5 1/2 inches
Blade Steel: "Hailstorm" Pattern High Carbon Damascus Steel 
Handle Material: Malachite 

Bolster Material: Abalone Shell

Thumb Knob Gemstone: 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 Medium Linerlock
Additional Information: Malachite is one of the most beautiful stones in the world because of its different shades of green that are blended in colorful bands throughout the stone. Malachite is one of the oldest known stones, used for thousands of years for its healing and transforming properties. Malachite was considered to be a talisman for children. If a piece of the stone were attached to an infant's cradle, all evil spirits were held aloof and the child slept soundly and peacefully. Malachite is said to also be an effective remedy for female problems, especially regulating the menstrual cycle and cramps. As for its spiritual properties Malachite is considered to be a protection stone that overcomes fear of flying, absorbing negative energies from the body, and in the workplace, Malachite protects against noise, over-bright fluorescent lighting, and harmful rays from technological equipment, negative phone calls and emails. Wow!!! The stone is similar in structural appearance to Turquoise which makes it nearly impossible to find a piece large enough to make knife handles. However, as in the case of Turquoise the stone can be reconstituted by grinding it to a powder then adding a binding agent then dried. This makes beautiful slabs of Malachite which can then be used for knife handles. 

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. This particular piece  complements the Malachite nicely.

Comes With: Pouch and Knife Stand

Price: $275

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