Engraved Fighter with Silver wire handle inlay. This blade is 7 1/4” long and overall length is 12”. Quite a bit bigger than an average hunter but about right for a fighter. The steel is 154CM stainless. The colors you see on the blade are only skin deep are from heat treating. The colors range from smokey gray to a golden irridescent rainbow. Normally this is ground off but I liked how it looked and left it. This colorization is only on the surface and will eventually wear off like an annodized or a hot blued steel knife would wear but it should last quite awhile. It doesn’t harm the blade, in fact it will provide some extra rust resistance. The engraving starts at the rear spine, flows up and spills over on to both bolsters and then returns to the spine to spill over on to the front of the blade to slide around the makers mark. This required engraving the blade soft, heat treating it and then lining it all up after the bolsters were attached and finishing the engraving. It was a bit complicated - at least for me. I am new to engraving so it’s not as fancy as some but I also didn’t want to do a traditional engraving either. It’s a fairly agressive vine and thorn with a little poisen ivy thrown in to boot. The handles are curly maple and inlayed with silver wire. The 416ss bolster has been dove tailed. The sheath is custom built and fitted to this knife with concho accent for the loop wrap around. The sheath has been cut away to show the engraving on the reverse bolster. The swedge has not been sharpened but can be easily enough. The price is SOLD.
The engraving shown in close up. The blade was done while soft and the rest done after heat treat.
In the sheath. You can see where it has been sculpted to show off the engraved bolster on the reverse side.
The reverse side engraving. Look at the blade and you will see a white patch. This is where the heat treat foil touched the blade during heat treat and left a white mark. That’s just the way it is and shouldn’t be considered a flaw but some I’m sure will so I felt I should show it and it and point it out.
The silver wire inlay. This is 100% pure silver and the inlay is meant to reflect the engraving.
Here you can see the spine has been engraved. There was a lot more detail in the handle area that was lost in clean up during sanding. Once the knife is hard, it just couldn’t be brought back. The detail comes back fully by the time the vine reaches the bolster but until then, it is simply a vine with less detail.
A view that shows how the vine wraps from the spine to the bolsters and then ends up terminating under the makers mark on the blade. I think it came out OK.
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