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Laramie Knifeworks -- Spalted Sycamore and New Zealand Kohekohe Medium Damascus Drop Point Knife

 

Knife Type: Medium Damascus Drop Point 
Blade Length: 3 1/2 inches
Overall Length:  7 1/2 inches
Blade Steel: "Ladder" pattern Damascus High Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Spalted Sycamore 

Bolster Material: New Zealand Kohekohe 

Filework: On top of blade
Sheath: Cordovan Leather
Additional Information: A 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.

Kohekohe 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.

Price: $260
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