This knife was hand forged in Portland Oregon by master blacksmith Lyle Poulin. It features a san mai blade, mokume-gane saya and pins, and burnt walnut handle and bolster.
San mai is a technique that involves fusing two different types of metal together in a "sandwich", in this case the center bing a high-carbon steel and the outside pieces stainless steel. The high-carbon steel gives the core strength and the ability to keep a sharp edge, while the stainless steel gives the blade flexibility and is more resistant to corrosion.
Mokume- gane ("wood grain metal" in Japanese) involves combining different non-ferrous metals by heating and folding them over on themselves over and over until the desired wood grain pattern is achieved.
- Forged san mai blade using stainless steel and 52100 steel core
- Bolster made with nickel silver and silicon bronze mokume-gane
- Handle made out of burnt walnut
- Burnt wanut saya with mokume-gane pin
- Blade L: 12.5 x W:2.75
- Handle L: 7 x W 1.5