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Laramie Knifeworks -- Spalted Maple and Curly Koa  Damascus Drop Point Knife

 

Knife Type: Damascus Drop Point 
Blade Length: 4 inches
Overall Length:  8 1/2 inches
Blade Steel: "Crazy Ladder" pattern Damascus High Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Spalted Maple

Bolster Material: Curly Koa 

Filework: On top of blade
Sheath: Cordovan Leather
Additional Information: Spalted maple is technically not a particular type of maple species but refers to maple that is in the process of rotting and has a bunch of fungi in the wood. The fungi makes pen-like black lines in the wood and results in some unique looking figure. This Spalted Maple came from a saw mill in South-Central Pennsylvania. The saw mill owner collects unique primo one-of-a-kind pieces of wild looking woods for me.

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 and provides a nice contrast to the Spalted Maple.

Price: $350
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