CPM154 with Timascus

Discussion in 'Folding Knives Forum' started by BrandantR, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. BrandantR

    BrandantR Well-Known Member

    This is one that I just finished up for a custom order. I've always kind of shied away from Timascus. One, because it's really expensive and two, because I had always thought it was a little over the top. But, after having worked with it, I actually really like it. I'll be using it again very soon. Let me know what you think.


    Knife Design: Pride
    Open Length: 7-1/8"
    Blade Length: 2-7/8""
    Blade: CPM154
    Scales: Anodized Timascus
    Liners: Anodized 6AL4V Titanium
    Spacer: Timascus
    Embellishments: Hand-rubbed satin finished blade. Jeweled inside of liners. Timascus pocket clip. Star constellation motif on scales.
  2. Dennis Morland

    Dennis Morland KNIFE MAKER

    It is beautiful! I really like the end result. I would carry that knife...
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  3. C Craft

    C Craft Well-Known Member

    OK, I had to go back and re-read the post, trying to figure out the lines on side of the knife. I mean when I first saw the lines my mind is going, "oh this is a frame lock". Then as I study the pic more I realize this is not a frame lock it is a thumb/post assisted, slippie! Now you really have my attention so I go back to the pics and study them more. I had to re-read and found out it was constellation! Wow that is cool!!

    Did the client order that or was it your idea? Either way I like it! As for Timascus it is over the top but your work and attention to detail is what put it there!! I like the shape of this one. Then again Mr. Robinson, I don't think I have ever seen one you posted that I did not like the looks of! [​IMG]
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  4. BrandantR

    BrandantR Well-Known Member

    This knife is a liner lock, pretty much the only folding knife I make. The client wanted full scales of timascus, but he left me plenty of liberty to embellish the knife however I chose. I thought the raindrop timascus kind of looked like swirls of galaxies or something you might see in the night sky. I came up with the idea of drilling holes through the scales in a "constellation" pattern so the bronze-colored liners would shine through like stars, and connecting the dots with curved lines. I think it turned out alright. It's definitely unique.
  5. C Craft

    C Craft Well-Known Member

    Brandant, very nice. I said frame lock when I met liner lock, (one of those brain farts) I guess. No matter under what name it goes it is a fine piece of work and the constellation, was one of those things, that appsolutely set the knife off. You Sir are a master at your craft!! I have still to attempt my first folder other than a crude friction folder I once made for a re-enactor but, that don't mean I can't appreciate the good stuff. I might not drink Napoleon brandy but that don't mean I can't enjoy it when offered!! Fine work!
  6. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    I think Timascus is one of those things that you are either into or you aren't. It's very easy to see why so many people ARE into it. You really pulled this one together in a classy way. I think Timascus with a damascus blade is too much. Paring the Timascus with a satin finished blade makes this one look elegant instead of way overdone.

    Great job!
  7. BrandantR

    BrandantR Well-Known Member

    Be careful dabbling in folders. Once you start down that dark path, there's no turning back ;) Thanks for your compliments.
  8. BrandantR

    BrandantR Well-Known Member

    I agree, John. I think too many colors, patterns and textures can make a piece too busy. The eye needs a place to rest. It's a hard job to come up with an aesthetically pleasing combination. I'm thinking that the next time I use Timascus I might pair it with some zirconium. I think the dark charcoal color of the zirconium will set the Timascus off while keeping the overall look balanced. Thanks for taking time to comment.
  9. John Wilson

    John Wilson Well-Known Member

    I agree with you and that charcoal color offsetting the Timascus would be gorgeous.
  10. bladegrinder

    bladegrinder Well-Known Member

    Nice looking folder Brandant, very classy.

    PMARTINKNIVES Well-Known Member

    Very nice! I like the colors and contrast with the blade. Well done sir.

  12. BrandantR

    BrandantR Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Peter. Coming from you, that means a lot to me.

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