#11 Turquoise and Ebony Medium Linerlock

Description

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

Features

  • Handle Material: Turquoise
  • Bolster Material: Ebony

Dimensions

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

Detailed Description 

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. Additionally, you can add gold flakes to the reconstituted turquoise to make the turquoise sparkle which is what is used for these handles.

Ebony is a super dense black wood that will sink in water. The wood takes on a beautiful smooth finish when polished and can sometimes have brownish colored streaks. Ebony is considered an ornamental wood and historically was used for the black keys of a piano. Cameroon ebony comes from the Western Africa nation of Cameroon and was legally obtained.