Latest "Topo-Gigio" Mini-Butterfly Knife

Osprey_Guy

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Finally got this one done....

Blade is carved from a wonderful, and quite unique, piece of Eggerling damascus. My photo skills can't begin to capture how great the highly polished steel looks in person. I came up with the new symbol to carve into the blade while looking for something that was ancient Greek, to better go with the elephant ivory "columns" (that I spend so much time carving).

This was also my first time to use inlaid rubies in the stop pins (open position only), instead of my usual sapphires. I'm really happy with the way they worked out....especially against the vivid teal blue liners and white ivory.

Overall length 3 7/8" (open), 2 1/2" (closed).

Sorry my photos aren't better. The knife is leaving here tomorrow by Fed-X to the customer's home (who just so happens to be a fellow flashaholic) ;) ...so I shot the pics on the fly...but you'll get the idea.

For starters here's the finished blade by itself:
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The completed knife:
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Thanks for looking,

Dennis Greenbaum :cool:
 

Osprey_Guy

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Thanks guys...

This is my fourth one of these..and they are a joy to make (albeit a rather time-consuming joy). ;) But seeing all the positive feedback makes it all very worthwhile.

I'm a part-time maker and typically make about 4 knives a year (I average around 100 hrs per knife). But I feel like I'm on a roll and have already started to work on Topo Gigio #5. And I keep saying it, but I do intend on making a full-size version...sometime in the coming months. I'll keep you posted.

Right now I've got a damascus flashlight (Mr. Bulk's Dam Cham) on my bench that needs to be refinished and then nitre-blued (a certain flashaholic is keeping me busy). Pics will follow in a couple of days.

Ciao'

Dennis Greenbaum :cool:
 

fishshooter

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I'm not a bali fan, but that is just beautiful. Really, the whole theme just works. Great job, you have some serious talent.
 

ryball

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If there wasn't a guarentee of personal injury, I would have angry monkey sex with that knife!
 

rscanady

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Thats a pretty good price considering the time put into this, in fact it is a downright bargain for custom craftsmanship. Very beautiful piece.

Ryan
 

mcmc

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Osprey_Guy said:
I've just started working on Topo Gigio #5. Each one is a little different than the one before. For something similar to this one, the going price is $1300.


Dennis :cool:


Well is that all... :sold: at that price I'd get one for the shelf and one as a user! =) j/k Certainly, for the hours involved that is a bargain. It is unmatched in beauty and precision, even among the best custom knives I've seen...
 
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