Koa Twighlight Tanto

Product Description for Koa Twighlight Tanto

Maker: Michael Rader, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 85568
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 9.00 in.
Total length: 14.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.11 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Item weight: 8.72 oz.
Blade: Wild random pattern Damascus forged by Michael from 15N20 and 8660 carbon steels
Bolster: Satin finished stainless steel oval guard
Handle: Curly maple with koa wood accents
Description: This exceptional tanto combines Japanese and American techniques to create a knife with tremendous impact. Michael, who was honored as a Journeyman Smith in June 2006 has a style all of his own. His work combines an aesthetic drawn from Medieval and Far East influences.
Michael forged the blade from 15N20 and 8660 carbon steels into a pattern that he calls Wild Random. The pattern is bold from a distance, but has complex pools and rivulets upon closer examination. By forging the blade to shape, Michael has assured exceptional strength and beauty. A mar quench, cryogenic heat treatment, and triple temper result in optimal edge retention.
The handle is formed from koa and curly maple. Both woods have been stabilized and are highly polished, bringing out the dramatic chatoyancy. The woods are meticulously combined in complex arches -- with the seams nearly beyond perception. Exceptional work throughout.

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