Before going any further let me give you a few definitions:
Lapidary – (adjective) relating to precious and semi-precious stone or the art of working with them
Lapidarist – (noun) an expert on precious and semi-precious stone and the art of cutting and engraving them
Lapidist – (noun) a person who has the skill to cut, carve, sculpt and polish precious and semi-precious stone for use as jewelry or other applications
Now, I am a Lapidarist at heart and Lapidist by trade, which means, I know stone, I only work with stone and I could not recommend anything else for a knife handle and here’s why . . .
Mother Nature is the be all and end all when it comes to artistic handiwork and her palate is our earth. She has spent thousands and thousands of years putting together the most beautiful and durable of her art in stone. All of her artistic stone work is unique so when you see pieces of the same type stone, you will see completely different patterns and colors. The basic makeup is the same at the molecular level but she shades the colors and works the patterns so that no two slices of stone are ever alike. It is this unique quality of stone that thrills me to work with it because there is something new to discover each and every time. For you, it means no one will have the exact same knife. Oh the knife frame may be the same but the handle will be forever unique to you.
Durability is the next reason stone is the obvious choice for a knife handle. I only use the hardest gem stone (Agatesand Jaspers) I can find. You have to consider that if a stone holds up to the punishing procedure it takes to bemolded to fit the knife handle, it will hold up to anything you can dish out. All other handle materials can and docrack, chip or just fall apart over time; this includes man-made materials such as celluloid and plastics, also naturalmaterials like bone, horn, ivory, pearl and abalone. A second reason gem stone is durable is that it is impervious to other materials like petroleum products (oil and gas), chemicals, corrosives and water.
Many Knifemakers who claim to use gem stone are really using something else. They may call what they use by a generic name like ‘reconstituted’ stone, ‘stabilized’ stone or ‘composite’ stone. It could be called a brand name like “Recon Stone”, “Larmar Stone”, or “Syntho-Tech”. It doesn’t matter what name they call the material being used to make a knife handle because these Knifemakers are putting handles on your knife that are all man made mixtures of both natural crushed stone and acrylic resin made for knife and jewelry makers which provides an inexpensive alternative to the much more expensive 100% natural gem stone. None of these products require the use of lapidary equipment and are cheap imitations.
We all buy knives for one of two reasons; you are going to put it up as a collectible or you’re going to use it. If my knives are purchased as a collectible, it will be an heirloom and will be handed down for generations to come as long as the metal is taken care of because the gemstone handle can outlast the metal. My knives can be used and the handle will hold up to any job or requirement your knife may have.
Purchasing and owning a knife from Stone Art Custom Knives is simple and straight forward as the following guarantees show:
- I only use 100% natural gem stone just as Mother Nature made it.
- If your knife handle ever fails, I will replace it.
- If your knife handles ever chip or crack, I will fix it or replace it.