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Gemstone Knife Handle Photo Gallery Six
(Labradorite to Obsidian, Snowflake)

Welcome to page six

...of my gemstone knife handles photo galleries. The photo galleries were created to illustrate the many and varied gemstone knife handles I've made over more than three decades of knife making. It's easy to see why stone, rock, minerals, and gemstones have captivated man since the beginning of his existence on this rocky planet and will continue to do so!

The gallery pages are in alphabetic order. To see the master list, please visit the Gemstone Knife Handle Alphabetic List page. The pictures are thumbnails; click on them to see a larger picture with greater detail. Please remember that many of the full sized photographs are physically larger than the knife handle, so you are looking at a magnified version. As with any photo, there may be variations in color, density, and balance between monitors, browsers, and display settings.

You'll probably notice quite a variation in photographic quality of some of the photos. Early in my career, I took pictures of the knives with film, and had the film processed. I wasn't happy with that, so began to process on my own, improving the pictures considerably. Then the digital revolution came, and I moved to the realm of digital photography, improving the photographic quality and gearing my photography for this very digital medium. Many of the images of older knives and handles were scanned from old, low rendition prints and smaller negatives, so the quality of the image is less than optimum, but I included them because I believe it's important to see the gem material.

You'll also see repeats of certain gemstones, like Polvadera Jasper, Nephrite Jade, Red River Jasper, and granites. This is because not only do I use them a lot, but they also have variable character that is hard to describe with merely one photograph. For these same reasons, you'll see both sides of many of the handles, to give a complete view of the character of the gemstone.

Please remember that I do not have all of the gemstones pictured in the galleries available for new custom knife orders. I'll keep new gemstone knife handles posted, so please check back periodically. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions about gemstone handled knives, visit my Gemstone Knife Handles page.

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Labradorite gemstone custom knife handle on full tang knife by Jay Fisher
Labradorite
Labradorite has irridescence, prismatic light play, and even metallic sparkles of color called Labradoressence
Labradorite 1
Most Labradorite comes from Tabor Island, Labrador, Canada, and is mined by Native Inuit interests.
Labradorite 2
This dark feldspar gem has distinctive twinning crystalline structre, resulting in the hues and light play which change colors as the stone is moved.
Labradorite 3
Cutting orientation is critcial in yielding bright, colorful specimens of Labradorite gemstone
Labradorite 4
Labradorite gemstone is a feldspar and has beautiful light reflecting properties
Labradorite 5
Labradorite must be carefully oriented to capture the right angle for the labradoressence property
Labradorite 6
Labradorite can be intensive in color and light play, and varies greatly in color play and reflection
Labradorite 7
Labradorite in beautiful blue labradoressence
Labradorite 8
Labradorite color play depends on lighting and viewing angle
Labradorite 9
Lapis Lazuli, a rock combination of many minerals, has been treasured and used for over 6000 years by man for its intense blue color
Lapis Lazuli
The best lapis comes from Afghanistan, but locations all over the world can yield good lapis. This specimen comes from Peru.
Lapis Lazuli 1
Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan is a very old and respected gemstone
Lapis Lazuli 2
Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan has been admired and used for 6000 years!
Lapis Lazuli 3
Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan is a beautiful and unique gemstone, treasured through the ages
Lapis Lazuli 4
Afghanistan Lapis lazuli is actually a rock, cosisting of a group of minerals
Lapis Lazuli 5
Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan has a variety of grades and incusions, here more pyrite is present
Lapis Lazuli 6
In this four power enlargement, you can see the inclusion of calcite with the pyrite
Lapis Lazuli 7
Afganistan Lapis lazuli is a tough, durable gemstone that takes a special finishing technique
Lapis Lazuli 8
Distinctive color of natural lapis lazuli gemstone from Afghanistan
Lapis Lazuli 9
Lapis Lazuli is a tough, durable gemstone in royal blue
Lapis Lazuli 10
Beautiful Lapis lazuli from Afghanistan on a custom push dagger handle
Lapis Lazuli 11
Afghanistan lapis lazuli in bright natural intense royal blue
Lapis Lazuli 12
Lapis Lazulii from Peru, with gray calcite and interesting patterns on a linerlock folding knife handle
Peruvian Lapis
Lapis Lazuli from Peru has interesting pattern and bold coloring with pyrites, calcite, sodalite.
Peruvian Lapis Lazuli 1
Peruvian Lapis Lazuli is a tough, durable gemstone with distinctive and beautiful appearance
Peruvian Lapis Lazuli 2
Larvikite is tough, hard, and very durable. The anorthoclase displays a beautiful blue-gray shiller, or reflection of light.
Larvikite
Larvikite is a syenite with abundant and large crystalsl of anorthoclase
Larvikite 1
Also called Blue Pearl Granite, Larvikite is quarried in Tvedalen or Lavark, Norway
Larvikite 2
Larvikite has bright flashes of silvery blue-gray colorand is a coarse-grined augite syenite
Larvikite 3
Larvikite from Norway on push dagger knife handle
Larvikite 4
Larvikite takes a very high, durable, finish and polish. It was formed during the carboniferious period
Larvikite 5
Larvikite (Blue Pearl Granite) with iridescent crystals of anorthoclase cryptoperthite
Larvikite 6
Lepidolite gemstone on a full tang handmade custom knife handle
Lepidolite
Lepidolite is a lithium mica, with quartz and feldspar. It's prized for the lilac color, though other colors are available.
Lepidolite 1
Malachite gemstone on full tang handmade knife by Jay Fisher
Malachite
Though Malachite is soft, it is suitable for light duty knives with protective bolsters and full tangs
Malachite 1
Malachite occurs in a stalactitic formation, and is a copper carbonate with intense green botryoidal patterns.
Malachite 2
Beautiful Malachite comes from Congo, Zaire, Namibia, and Australia
Malachite 3
Beautiful Crinoid Marble fossil from China
Crinoid Fossil Marble
Crinoids were small plant-like animals that lived in the very early prehistoric seas. These are fossilized, replaced by rock, in this case limestone that has metamorphosed into marble
Crinoid Fossil Marble 1
Crinoid fossil marble is a true marble, actual fossils in marble are rare. This gemstone comes from China
Crinoid Fossil Marble 2
The Crinoid fossils are abundant and complex, beautiful in this gemstone which is smooth an tough, with a bright polish
Crinoid Fossil Marble 3
Picasso Marble gemstone knife handle on Cygnus-Horrocks Magnum
Picasso Marble
Picasso Marble is mined in Utah, United States
Picasso Marble 1
Picasso Marble is tough and solid, with fascinating shapes and visual interest
Picasso Marble 2
Picasso Marble takes a satiny, lusterous finish, and has curious and visual landscape or forest patterns
Picasso Marble 3
Zebra Marble on hidden tang tactical knife with central sub-hilt bolster in blued steel
Zebra Marble
Zebra Marble has striking patterns and takes a bright polish
Zebra Marble 1
Marcasite gemstone knife handle on full tang custom knife by Jay Fisher
Marcasite
Marcasite is a pyrite, and has been used in jewelry since antiquity. It's metallic, farily hard, and takes a bright lustrous polish
Marcasite 1
Midnight Stone (hornblende and pyrite) on full tang dagger handle by Jay Fisher
Midnight Stone
Midnight Stone is hornblende with pyrite, and is tough and durable, taking a satiny finish
Midnight Stone 1
Midnight stone (Hornblende and pyrite) is jet black with bright spangles of gold colored pyrite inclusions
Midnight Stone 2
Midnight Stone (hornblende with pyrite) goes well with this engraved brass bolster set
Midnight Stone 3
Monzonite is a tough, heavy, very stable rock and gem, and takes a bright beautiful polish
Monzonite
Monzonite has a deep history, and was used for carvings and ornament by ancient Egyptians
Monzonite 1
Nickel Magnesite gemstone on handmade knife. Nickel Magnesite is a magnesium carbonate with bright lemon-lime green colors, Chrysoprase is a microcrystaline quartz
Nickel Magnesite/Chrysoprase
Nickel Magnesite with Chrysoprase is tough, very hard, and takes a bright, glassy polish. The green color is from nickel
Nickel Magnesite/Chrysoprase 1
Nebula Stone, a very rare gemstone, a new discovery in recent years
Nebula Stone
Nebula Stone has several minerals in unusual content and arrangement
Nebula Stone 1
Nebula Stone is very hard, tough, and durable, taking a bright glassy polish
Nebula Stone 2
Nebula Stone, a rare new mineral discovery, the first knives in history to have Nebula stone handles
Nebula Stone 3
beautiful nebula stone gemstone handle scales on a chef's knife
Nebula Stone 4
Nebula stone is hard, glassy, tough, and durable, outlasting the blade on this chef's knife
Nebula Stone 5
Rare Blue Indonesian Obsidian gemsone inlaid in dagger tang of stainless steel
Indonesian Blue Obsidian
Mahogany Obsidian gemstone on full tang custom knife handle.
Mahogany Obsidian
Mahogany Obsidian is also called "goldshine" or "gold sheen" obsidian
Mahogany Obsidian 1
Mahogany Obsidian looks rich when used with brass bolsters
Mahogany Obsidian 2
Mahogany Obsidian takes a bright, glassy polish with rich reddish brown tones
Mahogany Obsidian 3
Mahogany Obsidian gemstone on carved rabbeted tang knife handle
Mahogany Obsidian 4
Mahogany Obsidian gemstone on "Lagus" custom knives by Jay Fisher
Mahogany Obsidian 5
Mahogany obsidian is smooth and glassy, taking a very good polish
Mahogany Obsidian 6
Snowflake obsidian on hidden tang custom handmade knife with cocobolo hardwood
Snowflake Obsidian
Snowflake Obsidian on hidden tang knife handle with kingood and brass
Snowflake Obsidian 1
Snowflake Obsidian on hidden tang knife handle with snakewood
Snowflake Obsidian 2
Snowflake Obsidian on full tang knife handle with engraved carbo steel bolsters
Snowflake Obsidian 3
Snowflake Obsidian is striking and unique in appearance with variable "snow" patterns
Snowflake Obsidian 4
Snowflake Obsidian is suitable for light duty knives, smaller knives, or if well protected
Snowflake Obsidian 5
Snowflake Obsidian is volcanic and glassine, and takes a bright glassy polish
Snowflake Obsidian 6
Snowflake Obsidian is beautiful and striking in feel and finish
Snowflake Obsidian 7
Snowflake Obsidian gemstone on hidden tang dagger handle with brass
Snowflake Obsidian 8
Snowflake obsidian on a knife handle with sub-hilt (mid-bolster)
Snowflake Obsidian 9
Snowflake obsidian gemstone custom handmade knife handle
Snowflake Obsidian 10
Spiderweb Obsidian is a farily rare stone, with greenish gray webs in bluish gray background
Spiderweb Obsidian
Spiderweb Obsidian comes from a singular locatin in Mexico, and the mine has played out, so this material is nearly unavailable
Spiderweb Obsidian 1
Spiderweb obsidian in green-gray lines in blue-gray background
Spiderweb Obsidian 2
Spiderweb Obsidian is handsome and interesting, completly uniform in glassy texture despite pattern
Spiderweb Obsidian 3

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