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"Daqar" dagger, obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel guard and pommel, Nephrite Jade gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with rayskin
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Izar

"Izar" linerlock folding knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel liners, 6AL4V anodized titanium lockplate, Pietersite Agate gemstone handle, Black Galaxy Granite gemstone case lined with leather
"Izar" linerlock folding knife, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel liners, 6AL4V anodized titanium lockplate, Pietersite Agate gemstone handle, Black Galaxy Granite gemstone case lined with leather
"Izar" Fine Handmade Liner Lock Folding Knife
  • Type: An interframe liner lock folding knife
  • Size: Length overall open: 7.25" (18.4 cm), Length overall closed: 4.375" (11.1 cm) Blade Length: 2.875" (7.3 cm), Blade Thickness: .106 ( 2.7 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 5 oz. (142 grams) , Case: 1 lb. 9 oz. (709 grams)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58 hollow ground and mirror polished
  • Liners: Polished and hand-engraved 304 austenitic stainless steel
  • Handle: Inlaid Polished Pietersite Agate (China)
  • Lock plate: 6AL4V titanium, anodized
  • Case: Black Galaxy Granite gemstone, suede leather, neoprene feet
  • Knife: The Izar is named for a double star in the constellation Bootes. This is a striking liner lock folding knife, which resides in a polished sarcophagus of black granite. The knife has a hollow ground, mirror polished 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, elegant and clean, with full vine filework throughout and a 304 stainless steel thumb tab. The knife is a liner lock type, and I anodized the  6AL4V (aluminum and vanadium alloy) titanium lock plate with a copper-bronze color to match the gemstone handle scales. The titanium lock plate is also fully fileworked in a tiny vine pattern. The liners for the handle are hand-engraved 304 high nickel, high chromium stainless steel. Most makers will not work with 304 because of its high toughness and resistance to machining, but this is the finest steel with the highest corrosion resistance available, and it is uniquely beautiful and "zero-care." In the liners, I hand-engraved an intricate leaf and scroll design, one of the smallest possible in this very tough material. The liners are also fileworked and the knife is embellished throughout. The spine has a milled and framed lanyard slot and is fully fileworked, even inside the handle on both sides of the spine. The liners are milled in interframe, and bed a pair of glassy, polished, unique and stunning handle inlays of Pietersite Agate. Pietersite is a brecciated tiger eye quartz, with a fantastic and intricate pattern of waves, flow banding, and chatoyancy (cat's eye effect). This particular set is filled with golds, reds, and milky to clear agate, and is one of those materials that becomes more fascinating with more magnification and light. To see this gemstone in the sunlight is something the camera just can't convey, and all of the photos on this page are at least a 2x magnification so you can see every detail. Pietersite is becoming very rare indeed in the world, as the African Pietersite deposits were played out over a decade ago, and the Chinese Pietersite just played out in 2009. So, any stock of this material is very expensive, and I was very lucky to acquire some of it large enough for knife handles as most pieces of it are very small. Though elegant and refined, the knife feels great in the hand, tough and workable, with a comfortable substance and character.
  • Case: A knife of this jewelry quality needed a special place to rest, a sarcophagus both unique and striking. I hand-carved, shaped, lapped, and polished this case of Black Galaxy Granite from India. This is gabbric anorthosite, and is a hard, tough, and very durable granite. It has inclusions of bronzite (enstatine) which create a coppery spangled reflection in the light which varies depending on the angle and light. This is a beautiful granite, with no veining and a uniform finish, lapped and polished throughout, even on the inside surfaces. The inside is carved to accept the knife, with finger cutouts for easy removal, and is lined with black suede leather for protection of the knife. The lid has keyed holes which engage 304 stainless steel buttons for a snug fit. I inlayed neoprene feet in the bottom so the case can safely rest on any surface.
  • A beautiful and unique combination of simple and refined elegance.

Thanks, E. B.!

Just got the Izar today. Naturally, being a man of reason, I prepared a lengthy, detailed, articulate review of it. I took great care to remain particularly objective since it's the first time I've ever even seen one of your knives in person, let alone owned one. And here it is:
WOW!!!! This knife is exceptional, from the rich depth of the Pietersite agate to the impossibly intricate, near Lilliputian engraving on the liners. The sarcophagus fits and matches the knife perfectly. The level of detail, fit, and finish is truly breath-taking. If Hephaestus himself had a knife collection, there's no question in my mind that any fitting centerpiece would have to have come from you!
My only regret with the knife is that I neglected to film the reactions of the the other people who've seen it, as its already had a jaw-dropping effect on everyone.
Thank you for the opportunity to own one of your stunning knives. I look forward to adding more in the future- what kind of gentlemen would I be if I let a beauty like this get lonely? Not much of one at all, I'd reckon. :)
Thanks again!

--E.


A year and a half later:

The Izar folder basically lives a life of luxury and still looks brand new. I carry it whenever I get the chance to and I'm always happy to put it through its paces when a pocket knife's called for. Beyond the beauty of it, I've really grown to appreciate the weight, balance, and substance it carries. It really is functional art in every sense of the word.

--E.


--And three and a half years later:

The Izar folder still looks just as gorgeous as the day I got it, and there's been no dropoff in performance.
We should all age so well!

--E.


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"Izar" folding knife, gabbric anorthosite granite case, lapped, polished, hand-carved and shaped "Izar" folding knife, in black galaxy granite case. Stainless steel pins align and secure top in hand-carved granite "Izar" and case. Case is granite, carved and inlayed with black suede leather for safe keeping of the knife "Izar" liner lock folding knife, obverse side, closed view. This is actually a 2 power enlargement! "Izar" liner lock folding knife, obverse side view, open. The blade is hollow ground beautiful polished 440C for the greatest longevity and value "Izar" liner lock folding knife, reverse side view. The knife is fully embellished, with full filework throughout and hand-engraving on the stainless steel liners "Izar" edgework, filework view, spine, showing all surfaces are fileworked and hand-embellished including the anodized titianium lockplate "Izar" inside handle detail. Note full filework even inside the spine of the handle "Izar" liner lock folding knife, obverse side handle gemstone detail. Pietersite agate is rare and beautful, brecciated tiger's eye quartz and agate "Izar" liner lock folding knife, obverse side liner engraving detail. This is a very small and intricate engraving in tough stainless steel; this photo is a 5 power enlargement! "Izar" reverse side gemstone handle scale detail. Pietersite agate has chatoyant (cat's eye) light play effect in striking colors "Izar" liner lock folding knife, reverse side handle detial. The 304 stainless steel is very difficult to engrave, but is zero care and long lasting. "Izar" liner lock folding knife handle butt detail. The knife has a milled and framed lanyard slot with detailed embellishment "Izar" liner lock folding knife with granite case. Anodized titanium lockplate matches color of gemstone

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