Those really are gorgeous! Great craftsmanship at work. That snowflake pattern in the steel is really unique and I've seen countless thousands of
benchmade knives having worked as an engraver. To me, the final touch would be to have the brass bolsters, spacers and pins engraved - maybe with fine
English scrolls. If you really like one-of-a-kind knives check the link in my sig,
The real shame is, there are so few craftsmen like this guy around any more. I can order a hundred cheap pieces of crap from China, for the price of
just one of his knives. Don't mention the fact that one of his knives will outlast and out-perform a thousand Chinese knock-offs. Hell yes, I'd use
it. Everyday. That's what buying quality is all about. Utility and longevity. I have a $300 pocket-knife that was gifted to me. I use it, and it will
last me the rest of my life.
Ancient knives and sword makers used meteorite, too. They didn't have to refine metal from ore, it was 'prefab'. I don't know about fragile, they
been making edged weapons from the stuff for centuries.
Its not so much about fragility as it is that a lot of damascus (not all) is only a nice pattern near the surface, and when you re-bevel them or
sharpen them more than a few times it ruins the pattern, unless you re-buff and then re acid etch them.
I use a cheap opinel, never fails me and if it breaks Im only down less than £10.
Much much easier, just gotta remember to oil it, I always go for the carbon opinels but only out of habit, I may try a stainless when this one gets
lost. Svord from New Zealand make great carbon utility knives cheap also, but Im going wayyy off topic.
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