Momonga Folder

Product Description for Momonga Folder

Maker: Andrew Meers (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 96074
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 3.75 in.
Total length: 8.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.85 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.13 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.12 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 6.00 oz.
Shipment weight: 8.4 oz.
Blade: Radials pattern damascus forged to shape from 1084 and 15N20 carbon steels
Handle: Textured mild steel inlaid with mammoth ivory, sterling silver, and 24k gold
Description: Mastersmith Andrew Meers is a talented knifemaker originally from Boston, where he studied under Mastersmith JD Smith. A graduate of Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Andrew has a design sense that is beyond compare. Andrew has well deservedly won numerous awards for his knives.
A unique knife at very first sight, the handle is made from forge textured mild steel. The pivot is created from Andrew's own basketweave pattern damascus. Ancient mammoth ivory inlays are set into each side of the knife. Both scales feature images of Momonga. Momonga are Japanese dwarf flying squirrels, weighing just shy of 1/2 lbs. The Momonga are inlaid in fine silver and feature 24k gold accents. The squirrels are engraved in lifelike detail. Andrew's engraving is done using a traditional Japanese technique using hammer and chisel rather than a motorized scribe. On the left scale, a momonga flies through the air. The momonga on the right scale is perched on a branch. A hidden compartment at the back of the handle reveals a Momonga peering out from a hole in a tree. The background is formed from Shakudo, a traditional Japanese alloy combining 4% gold with 95% copper. Steel scales are set on 308 stainless steel liners, which in turn surround the domed backbar.
The blade shows off tremendous skill at the forge. Andrew combined 1084 and 15N20 carbon steels into a beautiful radials pattern damascus. The blade is easily opened using the right handed thumb stud (created from forge-welded cable). Andrew's mark is set on the left ricasso -- also in 24k gold.
This is an amazing work of art and tremendously inspiring! Words cannot do this knife justice. It is clear why Andrew Meers has quickly become among my favorite makers -- and is winning so many accolades!


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