Here is my ‘Gastropod’ with high density 1095 shimstock and 15n20 on the sides (sparsely). The blade was differentially heat treated to display a hamon. The bolster is cast bronze and the grip is stained boxwood. The matching ‘netsuke’ for the sheath is stained walrus ivory and is strung by a silk braid made in Japan for this purpose. It is inspired by an original netsuke. If you are familiar with this concept you will know that what I have here is only inspired by the idea. Classically in Japan these are small ornaments that are placed through the sash of a kimono to hold money pouches or special containers, etc. I’m using the idea for a knife sheath as an alternative to a belt loop. You simply place the ‘netsuke’ through a belt loop, belt or pack strap etc. to firmly keep the sheath. I use a method like this myself and I prefer it because I don’t always wear a belt. And it is simple to remove when I don’t want the knife. I also like the idea of including a special item with the knife. This will be made available very shortly. (the knife is 6″ OAL with 2.5″ blade).


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