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Kestrel by HundredHands Kestrel by HundredHands
Kestrel Dagger Point, designed for piercing.
Named for the small Falcons that are known for their ability to face the wind and hover while hunting.

The top edge of the blade is fully sharpened to where the angle changes, then it wears a false edge from there on back. She's a large knife, measuring nearly a foot when opened. The locking mechanism is reinforced when the handle is gripped tightly to help prevent accidental closure during use. The up-swept tail of the spine on the butt started as an aesthetic flourish but is also useful for striking, breaking glass, etc. The abalone shell used for the scale and inlay was pulled from the Northern California coastline by the Pigeon Point Lighthouse (between Santa Cruz and San Francisco) back in the 80's when it was legal to dive for it there.
The Three holes in the blade represent Bravery, Wisdom, and Compassion & serve to provide traction when opening.

The 13th Knife of my apprenticeship to KnifeMaker, Larry Detloff of Santa Cruz, California.

Blade length: 4.75"
Overall length (open): 11.5"

Damascus Steel folded by Mike Norris.

Blade: Stainless Vortex Damascus
Scale: Mother of Pearl
Liners: Titanium
Bolsters: 304 non-magnetic Stainless Steel
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:iconandrados:
Andrados Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015
What exactly are the pieces in the handle? The colorful abstract pieces? What are they made of?
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Them's Abalone Shell, AKA Mother-of-Pearl.  Beautiful stuff but nasty to work with.
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Andrados Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2015
Oh really? How so exactly? I'm starting to get into knife making and craftsmanship, I was thinking those beautiful pieces could be used for a cosplay my friend wanted to do.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
The material is hard but brittle.  I've cracked small pieces by working them too quickly.  If you're shaping it with a grind wheel be sure to where a mask because inhaling the shell in dust form is extremely bad for you.  The dust has an unpleasant odor as well and really gets everywhere.


It could be a great addition to a costume, the stuff looks like magic jewels.  
Have fun with it.  There are synthetic alternatives as well.  Someplace like KG (Knife and Gun Finishing Supplies) is a pretty cool resource if you're interested in finding some neat materials.

All the best!
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Andrados Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015
Thank you so much!
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kquantum3 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just out of curiosity, how much would it cost to purchase one of these?
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Send me a note.
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:iconkquantum3:
kquantum3 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This caught my eye because my middle name is Kestrel.. I will own one of these someday.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your parents are cool for giving you that middle name.  Rock it with pride.
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:iconkquantum3:
kquantum3 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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darkprojects84 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
thats a pretty sick build nice job!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot, glad you like her.
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
BRILLIANT!:D
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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gunmoon Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Your welcome!:D
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:iconarietzor:
Arietzor Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work!!!:);)=)
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks.  Took some time to finish!
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:iconarietzor:
Arietzor Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i imagine :o (Eek) !!! perfection takes time;) (Wink) !!!
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markusnugent Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
That blade is to die for!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Dude!
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Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional
oh all the gods, that is just amazing!
do you take comission for wonders like that?
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm so happy you like her!
My hands are pretty full with projects right now so I'm not accepting commissions presently.
Thanks for your understanding.
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Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional
I love her! :)
Sure, your works are so stunning, no wonder you're busy. It would be great if you could take comission in some time and make a knife for January. It's a lot of time, so I you don't mind I'll get back and ask in a couple of months, ok? :)
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'll be here.
We will see about January, many thanks for all the support!
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Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Professional
most welcome, you're greatly skilled :)
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WMVmetalsmithing Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013   Artisan Crafter
The mother of pearl looks very nice when paired with polished stainless steel. Very good design choice.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I'm happy you think so.  I wanted the overall piece to be very Bright, though, the blade etch come out darker than I'd anticipated.
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WMVmetalsmithing Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013   Artisan Crafter
I like it. Then again, I darken all of my damascus stuff on purpose so I might be a bit bias.
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acrtl1000s Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Fantastic...
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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A-Zim11 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Best Yet, Beautiful....
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks tons!  Glad you like ^_^
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RaptureNoah Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
i'd love to buy one of these; please update when you have made more copies with a price and a webpage where i may order one id love this to be my first knife. it looks absolutely perfect.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much.
I'll keep you all posted as this whole thing evolves.
Right now, each piece is a completely original prototype.
Nothing is in mass production.
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dreieinhalb Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Aaaaah, it`s a masterpiece.
Fit and finish are perfekt.
Great Design and a fine Artwork, Amigo.

Respekt, ... ;-)
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks again, Sir!
It took a while but the patience paid off ^_^
I hope you and your family are doing well!
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TakaTakaNekoChan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! :3
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^_^
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DistantEye09 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Beautiful work. 
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.
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m4a44 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
:D Awesome knife. Don't know what more to say :P
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for giving it a look, I hope you're well!
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:iconjuhua:
Juhua Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Amazing! It is even more beautiful than what I have expected!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for following it along.  I value the feedback!
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SektrOne Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! 
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, Man!
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RJL7983 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
This is quite elegant, thanks.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, Robin.
I hope you're doing well.
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mat2468xke Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
looks pretty neat! 
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you ^_^
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