Pyramid Airstep Folder

Product Description for Pyramid Airstep Folder

Maker: Koji Hara (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 90843
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 2.90 in.
Total length: 6.50 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.75 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Item weight: 4.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.56 oz.
Blade: Mirror polished Cowry Y stainless steel, heat treated to 67 Rc
Bolster: Stainless steel bolsters with airstep carving
Handle: Stainless steel with black and goldlip mother of pearl pyramid inlay
Style: Folding liner lock
Description: Koji Hara's inimitable style has won him admiration from collectors and fellow makers alike. He consistently creates knives that are renowned for their precision, craftsmanship, and performance. This Pyramid Airstep Folder is among his masterworks to date.
The steel Koji prefers is a powdered metallurgical steel not available in the United States, capable of a higher hardness without being brittle compared to American steels. Over the last few years, Cowry Y has become increasingly hard to find, even in Japan -- even Koji has recently had to switch most of his work to other steels. The resulting blade has extremely good edge retention. The mirror polished surface is only possible though meticulous polishing with a tooth brush after being polished at 1500, 3000, and 8000 grit paper ! The well centered blade has excellent action, and is completed with a thumb stud inlaid with black lip mother of pearl.
The stainless steel handle is inlaid with many sections of mother of pearl. Miniscule pyramids of mother of pearl create an intricate mosaic that is both pleasing to the eye and touch. Simply creating the pyramids was a tremendous undertaking! The backbar, like the sides of the knife, is inlaid with sections blacklip and goldlip mother of pearl, separated by stainless steel spacers. Front and rear bolstered feature a carved airstep technique. The classic airstep design is one of his trademarks. Watching Koji-san use a manual mill to carve the airstep is truly exciting.
Exceptional fit and finish throughout!

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