Monday, September 03, 2007
The two knives I got for my birthday:
From Bobbe: The Sumatran blade is just under ten inches long. You can see the pattern-welding layers, not pamor, but more like traditional watered-steel. Most comfortable in-hand. It looks like a traditional sewar ("sewah") and in my awe at getting it, I missed what Bobbe called it. He'll fill me in on that.
Horn handle, carved like a bud within petals. Sheath is carved, and fitted together so well it is hard to find the seam.
From Dal: The Henry folder. It has carbon-fiber scales and Henry's own Damascus pattern in the steel. A perfect dress knife, comes with a leather case that clips onto a belt or pocket, and a leather thong by which you can slip it out of the case. Also a DVD that details the knifemaking process, which is a combination of CNC and handwork -- each blade is hand-sharpened and assembled, ground and polished by craftsmen, and each is numbered. Very classy-looking, blade only three inches long.
Both blades have a thin coat of sandalwood oil on them, which slightly obscures some detail.
Are these cool, or what?