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Cygnus ST

"Cygnus ST" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Dalmatian Stone gemstone handle, Cobra skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Cygnus ST"
  • Size: Knife: Length overall: 8.3" (21.1 cm), Blade Length: 4.5" (11.4 cm), Thickness: .116" (2.9 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 4.8 oz. (136 grams) Sheath: 4.0 oz. (113 grams)
  • Blade: 440C high chromium stainless steel, hardened and tempered to 60HRC, mirror polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Dalmatian Stone Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather, inlaid with Cobra skin
  • Knife: The Cygnus is named for the constellation of the swan in the northern sky. This Cygnus has a shortened blade, thus the designation ST. I created it for a lighter, smaller version of my popular Cygnus style, which has found a great home among chefs for its clean, substantial, yet fine blade. This Cygnus ST has a very thin, very hard blade, made for slicing and most medium-sized tasks, and the 440C high chromium stainless steel is mirror polished for a spotless, beautiful, and easy to clean surface. The grind is very deep, creating an extremely long lifespan of this blade through repeated sharpening, though with the hardness at 60 HRC, this won't be necessary very often! This is not a piercing, heavily-spined blade, it's more of a thin, hard slicer, so would be a knife more at home in a kitchen than on a pack in the field. I fileworked the blade completely with a regimented alternating geometric pattern, and the tang is fully tapered for balance. I bolstered the handle with 304 high nickel, high chromium stainless steel for zero care, and polished and rounded the surfaces throughout for easy cleaning. The gemstone I used on the handle is Dalmatian Stone, also frequently called Dalmatian Jasper. This is technically not a jasper, it's actually a plagioclase feldspar with quartz (the white area), and the black is arfvedsonite, an amphibole similar to hornblende. But the current common name in lapidary is Dalmatian Jasper, as well as Dalmatian Stone. In any case, this is a striking material and it's tough and takes and holds a bright, smooth polish. The knife is well-balanced, with the fulcrum point at the center of the front bolster, so feels neutral in the hand.
  • Sheath: To match the sheath with the knife, I chose real Cobra skin, for its light and dark spotty areas similar to the gemstone. I hand-carved inlay areas to inlay full panels of the cobra skin in the front, back, and even in the belt loop of the sheath. All leather is 9-10 oz. shoulder, dyed black, sealed, and hand-stitched with black polyester for durability and longevity. The sheath is deep and very protective of the thin, sharp blade.
  • This is an extremely sharp and hard bladed slicing knife with a striking handle and sheath

Thanks, S. H.!

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"Cygnus ST" reverse side view. Sheath has full panel inlays of Cobra skin in back and belt loop. "Cygnus ST" spine edgework, filework detail. Blade is very thin, light and sharp, filework is alternating and staccato. "Cygnus ST" inside handle tang view. Bolsters are smooth and clean, rounded and contured and dovetailed to bed handle scales. "Cygnus ST" obverse side handle detail. Gemstone is called "Dalmatian Jasper" but is a feldspar with quartz and amphibolite "Cygnus ST" reverse side gemstone handle detail. Bolsters are clean and smooth, gemstone is polished and comfortable. "Cygnus ST" sheathed view. Sheath is very deep and protective, full panel inlay of real cobra skin accents handle and ensemble

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