Posted by S. Knoblich on 29th Aug 2018
This is a fairly large heavy DKC folder with a broad sturdy 3.5" Damascus steel blade that cuts really well. The handle of the knife is composed in part of pearl shell (inside lining of oyster shells). Six pearl shell panels per side are precisely cut and pinned into the frame such that there are no unsightly gaps between them or the Damascus steel ribbon that runs the length of the handle, connecting the Damascus metal bolster and pommel. All of the pins are flush with the surface of the handle (that's pretty rare on a handmade knife). All of the pearl shell panels are unique, colorful, opalescent and without significant defects. The decorative brass file work and framing on the back spine of the handle is well crafted and entirely flush.
The knife blade opens easily using the thumb stud at the base of the blade. Once opened, the blade is locked securely in place by a liner lock type blade lock mechanism. Disengaging the blade lock is simple and involves no more than pushing the movable brass liner bar to the side. The blade can then be safely and easily returned to it's slot inside the handle. The blade edge is sharp and without nicks or burrs. It cuts as cleanly as the high tech machined blades on some of my "performance" knives that use 440C and S30V high carbon steel.
The knife comes with a leather sheath that accommodates the knife properly (snug but not tight). The knife can be secured inside the sheath using a flap and snap. The sheath has a strip of leather riveted to it's back that allows the user to wear it on a belt.
Overall, this knife may not serve as everyone's favorite EDC but it's a gorgeous, finely crafted, functionally flawless piece of handmade art work that I'm glad to have in my collection. I imagine that it would make a great gift for any knife lover.
All prices are in USD.