This is pretty much what I want in a knife, especially that oddly-out-of-place beauty of the mother-of-pearl inlay. Honestly, it (in my opinion) just doesn't go with the knife- the organic patterns clash with the hard, fast theme of the rest of the knife. Perhaps a diamond of stainless steel? If I were to buy this, I'd prefer the handle to be made out of something I'd be less scared of scratching, but I have no art in my soul and see this as one hell of an EDC. Also, your stated price point... *shudders* I'll stick with my mass-produced Ka-bars. It is a beautiful prototype, but it's somewhere between an EDC and a work of art like all the rest of your stuff. One side or the other, please. Again, a bit of carry knife hopes; perhaps a thicker rear of the blade, to facilitate easier opening? Though I really don't have a sense of scale, and am guestimating the blade to be about 0.1" thick. (wow, I am really critical of somethin' I have no chance at ever duplicating. Well, I typed this much, I ain't backin' out now.)
Yeah this thing wouldn't be nearly as pricey on account of the only real cost being in the labor.
I did design it as a dailycarry prototype, but for myself, not production. The blacked-out finish on both the blade and bolster will get scratched and scuffed, so will both the wood and motherofpearl scale. I understand the point you make about the mixing of the abalone shell with the overall more industrial feel. I see what you're saying, & I'll take it into account for next time. It's hard to tell from the pic but the scale is Ebony and I'd hoped the wood and shell together would kinda soften the feel and bring it back to it's Japanese Tanto roots. Didn't quite achieve the desired effect.
Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts.
Handmade custom folding knives can get pricey because of the time needed to handcraft them and the cost of materials. One of a kind knives like these range in price anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. I'm just starting to look at selling my stuff and even if I charge a lot, I just barely break even, which is a bummer because it makes them too expensive for a lot of prospective buyers. But it's also part of what makes them special, so much goes into these little objects. I'm looking into ways to reduce my cost to make them so to make them more accessible to knife-lovers of all economic statures.
Right now most of my pieces would go for for between $500 - $1000 USD, which I know is a lot, especially when someone can get a perfectly good production knife for like a couple bucks. But this stuff's one of a kind, you give it to your kid when you die, y'know?
Sorry for the long long breakdown! I hope you are doing well and doing lots of painting!
Ahahah "you give it to your did when you die..." ahahah then the materials u buy cost like 500-1000$ ? That is really expensive!have u been able to sell any? What will u do to make them cheaper? xD and here i thought i would buy one from u ahaha im so poor i cant afford fast food XD
The steel is the most costly material involved, billets of it range in price depending on size, but a few hundred bucks is pretty standard. I'll get a couple knives, maybe 3, out of a billet. The most expensive part is definitely the labor. Lots of hours. My goal to reduce cost is to be able to make them faster. ^_^