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Kestrel Custom Folder by HundredHands
I'm starting to work with a new camera so here's a new array of shots of the Kestrel custom Folding Knife.
I also wanted to put up some larger pictures of this thing, the last ones were quite small.
The part of the knife shown all super close up is the blade lock release button.

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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:iconplstronghold:
PLstronghold Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work man!!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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sekaipower Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
WOW,love this work!!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  A lot went into this one!
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hollow-welt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014   Artisan Crafter
your work stuns me, your talent is breathtaking.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you like my work.
Your paintings are great!
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hollow-welt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014   Artisan Crafter
very kind of you to say, i have been away for 2 or 3 years.

will be posting soon, my newer pieces show a lot of growth.

i am feeling smug and hopefully wiht good reason!

:]
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good stuff, keep 'em coming!
& enjoy your practice.
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SPARTAN-017 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If I wished to purchase one of your creations, where might I look?
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Look here.  Just send me a note when you see something you're interested in.
Nothing available for sale right now but a couple projects in development.
Thanks again for your support and patience.
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REDMAN50222 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Are these knifes for sale? Or is it an apprenticeship thing? Cause if they're for sale, I'd really wanna purchase this knife. Mother of pearl is a biggie for me.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Send me a note.
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REDMAN50222 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Will do.
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candysamuels Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
beautiful my friend.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.
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Averant Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What an absolute marvel to look at! A fascinating and colourful piece! +Fave!
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.  Yeah, I'm happy with how the colors came out ^_^
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natas88 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For sale bro? All are wonderfully beautiful!!!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you.  I'm sorry but this one's not available for purchase.
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natas88 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw a page with a few pieces are really beautiful! Someday I want to have the pleasure of having one in my collection =D
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akatsukiwatatsumi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Amazing work of blade art as always. The three holes on the blade itself and the rivets definitely complement the concept of piercing you were going for. My favorite part must be the side design along the spine and your choice to make both ends protrude  slightly. The contrast of those parts of damascus with the shine of the scales just gives the stunning illusion that the blade extends beyond the liner length. Again, well done work here. 
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for all of your feedback, it's valuable.

  One of the big challenges for me in designing something like this is in negotiating the fact that the blade needs to be able to be concealed within the handle because aesthetically I'd always want for the blade to be proportionately larger than the handle.  The flair on the butt of this knife does lengthen the handle but hopefully helps tie all the elements together over all.
It's sort of a balancing act.

Thanks again, I hope you're doing well!
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Magestic12 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Are any of your knives for see because after seeing this one Id love to purchase one of these. Luckily I live in San Jose.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I haven't one for sale at the moment.  I turn them out slowly and most make for gifts to elders right now.  I am in the process of coaxing my Instructor to post on DA though ( hopefully within a couple weeks, I'll journal post a link when he's up).
& he has a trove of some incredible custom knives he's made and would like to sell.  
It's great you're in SJ, stay tuned!
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JoKeRfAcE1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Very cool interesting knife! 
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!
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OutlawNinja Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
This is truly a wonderful creation. The most unique knife I have ever seen.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Ninja, I tried some new things I'd never seen before & I'm pretty happy with how it came out.
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KnightOfLight92 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
That.....is sick

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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks Man.
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abomablenoman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Student General Artist
This knife is great. That filework adds a lot of personality plus that "wing" on the back. Plus it's a big knife, those are always great.
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!  Yeah, my wife's always saying for me to make small knives but I have big hands!
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alesthewoodcarver Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That is cool!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! ^_^
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SaintedRain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
Boooooooooootifull

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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay! Shiny shiny!
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Deviatealittle Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
That is stunning work... From the etched pattern to the color to all that file work, this must have taken forever. Nice

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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you, it means a lot when someone takes note of all the time sunk into something like this!  Labor of Love, you know.
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FTSArts Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing! My attention was drawn to this knife by the artwork on the blade, btw it's really amazing. My BF being a knife enthusiast however told me I wasn't looking at the most impressive parts. Needless to say, he says that even though you are apprenticing, you are the makings of a master blade smith already and kudos to your teacher. 

Anyways that's a really well built knife, all the way around, awesome job, look forward to seeing more :) 
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much, I'm very happy to learn that the Kestrel left an impression on you and you're Husband.  A lot went into it.  I'm grateful for any feedback/input from you guys.  It's always interesting to hear what's working for people.
My Teacher will begin posting His Knives on DA soon (I've finally convinced the old Ludite!) His name is Larry Detloff and started making custom knives by hand in the 1970's.  I'll post a Journal entry with a link to his page when it's all sorted.  
More eye candy for you and your husband if you're interested!
Thanks again, I hope you're well.
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FTSArts Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hug 

Well we are certainly looking forward to that and more from you as well! :D
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks for all the support.
Take care out there!
^_^
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Kaltiaem Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, how beautiful! I want this baby for my collection, hahaha. Great work!
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:iconhundredhands:
HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for checking her out.  I'm glad you like!
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Morjean Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you by any chance happen to have a tumblr blog where you post those? Because I really would like to share those great works with my followers but don't want to repost. 
If not - - may I perhaps get your permission to post those on tumblr.com? (Of course with linking your DA in the description and making sure to say that it is not in any way my work. Needless to say.)
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry to say I'm not posting on Tumblr, it's all just here.
If you would like to share some images of my works with your friends on Tumblr, I think that would be alright with me as long as you link my DA and stuff.  I'm happy that you like them enough to further share. 
Take care.
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Morjean Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot!  I will of course make sure to properly link back to you
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sounds good.  Thanks again.
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xHezza Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That filework!
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
grind grind ^_^
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