Abalone Shell and Ebony Medium Linerlock

Description

Abalone Shell and Ebony Medium Linerlock with damascus steel blade.

Features

  • Blade Steel: "Random" pattern Damascus high carbon steel
  • Handle Material: Abalone Shell
  • Bolster Material: Ebony
  • Thumb Knob Gemstone: Yellow Sapphire graded IF (highest grade given to gemstone)
  • Includes: Knife stand and nylon pouch

Dimensions

  • Blade Length: 2 5/16"
  • Overall Length: 5 3/4"

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 used in this handle 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.

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. This wood is one of the most expensive of all woods and provides a nice contrast to the Abalone Shell.




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