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Laramie Knifeworks -- Malachite and Buffalo Horn Large Brawny Linerlock



Folder Type: Large Brawny Linerlock
Blade Length: 3 inches
Overall Length: 7 1/2 inches
Blade Steel: "Islands In The Stream" pattern Damascus high carbon steel
Handle Material: Malachite 
Bolster Material: Buffalo Horn 
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)
Filework: On top of blade and liners
Liners: Jeweled 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.

ost 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. 

The Buffalo Horn I use in my knives is actually from domesticated water buffalo from Southeast Asia. There are at least 130 million domesticated water buffalo and more people depend on them than on any other domesticated animal. This particular piece provides a nice contrast to the Malachite.

Comes With: Knife Stand and Sheath

Price: $335

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