Barn Owl Folder
Product Description for Barn Owl Folder
Maker: Andrew Meers (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 92116
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.50 in.
Total length: 8.30 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.78 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.11 in.
Item weight: 4.96 oz.
Blade: Two bar composite damascus forged from 1095 and 15N20 carbon steels
Handle: Shakudo with 24k gold and fine silver owl inlay
Style: Folding liner lock
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 pivot is created from Andrew's own damascus steel. 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 blade shows off tremendous skill at the forge. Andrew combined 15N20 and 1095 carbon steels into a beautiful, fine, and intricate composite pattern. Mastersmith JD Smith's influence is perhaps most shown in the highly controlled, complex damascus. The blade is easily opened using the forge welded cable thumb stud.
Perhaps the highlight of this piece, and the reason behind its name, are two barn owls inlaid in silver and carved. One side features the owl at rest, while the opposite side shows it flying through the air, perhaps in search of prey. Its lifelike eyes are inlaid in 24kt gold. This is an amazing work of art and tremendously inspiring! Words cannot do this knife justice.
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