Santa Ana with Tortoise Shell - BG Exclusive - Hallmark
Product Description for Santa Ana with Tortoise Shell - BG Exclusive - Hallmark
Maker: Rick Dunkerley, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 87789
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.30 in.
Total length: 7.90 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.80 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 4.65 oz.
Blade: Santa Ana Wind pattern damascus forged from 1080 and 15N20 carbon steels by Mastersmith Rick Dunkerley
Bolster: Front and rear bolsters are matching damascus inlaid with 24kt gold
Handle: Genuine tortoise shell set on 24k gold leaf
Style: Folding liner lock
Description: Mastersmith Rick Dunkerley was one of the first makers to join BladeGallery when we first started, back in 1997. Certainly, at that point, we had no idea that it would grow into such a big project. I'm very excited to offer this BladeGallery exclusive knife from Rick.
Rick began by designing a new pattern for the knife. We then decided to make it in three sizes: a large knife with fossil mammoth ivory scales, a mid-sized knife with tortoise shell, and a smaller folder with presentation grade black lip mother of pearl scales. Rick made three knives of each size. Each is individually numbered on the interior of the backbar. This knife, the hallmark of the series, features the largest profile with tortoise shell and front and rear bolsters. On the interior, it is marked: "Dunkerley/Bladegallery 2009 ;  01/01".
The blade and bolsters are formed from matching nitre blued damascus. It is a pattern he calls Santa Ana Wind. A faceted blue sapphire is set into the thumb stud. The blade has silky-smooth action.
Genuine antique tortoise shell scales are set on 24kt gold leaf. This, in turn, is set on G10. This technique creates a very strong, stable handle with exceptional underlying detail and warmth. Tortoise shell of this quality is extremely rare! 15N20 carbon steel liners have been stippled and nitre blued. The 1084 carbon steel backbar has been hand engraved in a chevron pattern. All screws -- even those on the interior under the scales have been meticulously hand fileworked and nitre blued. The interior of the liners has been mirror polished.
Exceptional work throughout!
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