Product Description for Fennec Folder
Maker: Andrew Meers (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 91394
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Total length: 8.38 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.66 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.10 in.
Item weight: 3.60 oz.
Shipment weight: 4.75 oz.
Blade: Damascus forged from W2 and 15N20 carbon steels
Handle: Shakudo with 24kt gold and Shibuichi inlay
Description: Andrew Meers is a talented knifemaker originally from Boston, where he studied under Mastersmith JD Smith. A recent graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, he has been a part-time knifemaker and hopes to go full time. Given the skill shown in this exceptional folder, it seems impossible that he would not succeed!
A unique knife at very first sight, the slim handle is made from Shakudo, a traditional Japanese alloy combining 4% gold with 95% copper. The Shakudo is distressed and antiqued. The retention pins, pivot pin, and the thumb stud each are inlaid with 24kt gold features. The Shakudo is set on 308 stainless steel liners, which in turn surround the O1 carbon steel backbar. The backbar is meticulously fileworked into fine ridges along its entire length. It protrudes out the end, offering a lanyard option. The inside portion of the spacer also shows a spiral filework.
The blade shows off tremendous skill at the forge. Andrew combined 15N20 and W2 carbon steels into a beautiful, fine, and intricate pattern. Mastersmith JD Smith's influence is perhaps most shown in the highly controlled, complex damascus.
Perhaps the highlight of this piece, and the reason behind its name, are two small fennec foxes inlaid and carved into the Shakudo scales. One side features a fennec is curled up resting, while the opposite side shows one sitting, with its eyes lightly highlighted with 24kt. The foxes are Kuro-Shibuichi, which is a traditional Japanese alloy comprised of one part silver to three parts copper that can be patented into a range of subtle muted shades. All together, this is an amazing work of art and tremendously inspiring! Words cannot do this knife justice.
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