#10 Abalone and Turquoise Medium Linerlock

Description

One of a kind beautiful Abalone and Turquoise Medium Linerlock with damascus steel blade.

Please Note: The top corner has a small chip in the Turquoise.  This is a Final Sale and has been discounted to reflect it.

Features

  • Handle Material: Abalone
  • Bolster Material: Turquoise

Dimensions

  • Blade Length: 2"
  • Overall Length: 5 4/8"
  • Thickness: 5/8"

Detailed Description 

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. This Abalone comes 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.

Most of the turquoise on the market has been treated in some way to deal with four problems characteristic with this gemstone. First, turquoise is soft, sometimes even brittle, and thus susceptible to fractures. Second, turquoise is porous and which makes it is susceptible to staining, discoloration, and fading. Third, untreated turquoise never comes in a slab form just "rocks", so you can never make knife handles. Fourth, turquoise is getting harder to find and supplies are of a lower quality. These four problems can be handled in different ways, but the most common techniques is to reconstitute the turquoise by grinding the turquoise to a powder then adding a binding agent then dried. This makes slabs of turquoise which can then be used for knife handles. 

 




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