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Laramie Knifeworks -- Abalone and Streaked Buffalo Horn Large Brawny Linerlock

 

      

 

Folder Type: Large Brawny Linerlock
Blade Length: 2 15/16 inches
Overall Length: 7 5/16 inches
Blade Steel: "Islands In The Stream" pattern Damascus high carbon steel
Handle Material: Abalone Shell 
Bolster Material: Streaked 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: Abalone is one of the most beautiful material for making knife handles. The thick inner layer of the Abalone shell is composed of  nacre, (also present in Mother-of-Pearl), which makes an iridescent shell with lots and lots of changeable colors as you change the angle of view. Abalone grown in the wild are expected to go extinct in the next 200 years because of over harvesting and acidification of oceans. So now Abalones are farm raised in order to protect the species. The Abalone I use in my knife handles come from farm raised Abalone grown in South Korea. The iridescent inner shell of these farm raised Abalones is often very curved and does not lend itself for making knives (you need a flat surface instead of a curved surface for knife handles). But farm raised Abalone can be commercially processed to form a very nice and beautiful flat "sheet" by extracting the beautiful inner shell and then making flat layers which are then glued together to make a usable thick, strong, flat shell-- which is perfect for making 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. Occasionally, the all black buffalo horn develops light colored streaks which provides a nice contrast to the Abalone Shell.

Comes With: Knife Stand and Sheath

Price: $325

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