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Laramie Knifeworks -- Curly Koa and Yellow Box Elder Burl Damascus Drop Point Knife


Knife Type: Damascus Drop Point 
Blade Length: 4 3/16 inches
Overall Length:  8 5/8 inches
Blade Steel: "Crazy Ladder" pattern Damascus High Carbon Steel
Handle Material: Curly Koa 

Bolster Material: Yellow Box Elder Burl 

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

Box Elder is a fast growing tree that was often planted as a shade tree and for windbreaks. The wood is plain but sometimes Box Elder produces a burl in which the grain is radically deformed because of some stress or damage and makes small birdseye knots. This burl wood is highly figured. The Box Elder Burl I use in my knives comes from a storm-damaged tree that was part of the original trees planted during the Mormon migration to Utah. This particular piece is dyed yellow to provide a great contrast to the Curly Koa. 

Price: $350
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