Spalted Sycamore and New Zealand Kohekohe Medium Damascus Drop Point Knife
Medium Damascus Drop Point
7 1/2 inches
"Ladder" pattern Damascus High Carbon Steel
top of blade
Sycamore tree, often called an American plane tree or buttonwood
tree, can grow to a massive size and grows in riparian and wetland
areas. Sycamore wood has a rather plain appearance with some flecks.
However, when the wood becomes spalted it becomes quite attractive.
Spalted wood is wood that is in the process of rotting and has a
bunch of fungi in the wood. The fungi makes lines pen-like black
lines, in Sycamore, and results in some wild looking figure. The Spalted Sycamore
I use has lots of pen-like black lines and came from a saw mill in
South-Central Pennsylvania. This particular saw mill owner collects
unique primo one-of-a-kind pieces of wild looking woods for me.
is a medium-sized tree native to New Zealand. Maori used kohekohe for river canoes, although it was difficult to find
trees large enough. It was highly regarded for this purpose, giving
canoes which were swift and strong. However its rapid rate of decay
meant that it was not used for many other purposes. Medicinally it
was important and was used in various ways. The leaves which contain a bitter component similar to quinine, were used
for a range of illnesses including consumption, coughing, sore
throats, boils and women’s disorders. A decoction of kohekohe bark
and supple-jack roots was taken three times a day before meals for
sexual diseases, while a mixture of kohekohe bark and parts of
several other species relieved bleeding and general blood disorders. This
particular piece has two-tone colors
and complements the Spalted Sycamore.