Blade style 138, Fossil Walrus ivory, Eskimo artifact
Alaskan fossil walrus tusk ivory has become one of the rarest of ivories. Buried for approximately 100 to 3000 years, the ancient tusks and artifacts were excavated from privately owned land in old village sites located on St. Lawrence Island. Only a small amount could be harvested each year as the perma frost thawed back in the summers. Finally, the supply came to an end. Prices have risen dramatically.
The originally white ivory, buried for centuries, took on the colors of whatever it was buried in, making fossilized walrus not only unique in beauty, but is also a very durable and stable handle material.
I always keep each piece intact as an artifact and work with it in its natural shape. A blade size and style is chosen to go symmetrically with the individual size and shape of each piece for the beauty and balance of each knife.
These are truly one-of-a-kind works of art.
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Fossil Walrus ivory, Eskimo artifact, koa