#21 Turquoise and Buffalo Small Linerlock

Description

One of a kind beautiful Turquoise and Buffalo Small Linerlock with damascus steel blade.

Features

  • Handle Material: Turquoise 
  • Bolster Material: Buffalo

Dimensions

  • Blade Length: 1 6/8"
  • Overall Length: 4 4/8"
  • Thickness: 6/8"

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.

The Buffalo Horn used in this knife is 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 makes a nice contrast. The Streaked Buffalo Horn used has a nice polished black color.




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