NORA #741 - Bird & Trout Knife - "True Blood" Kirinite
$ 76.00 $ 0.00
- Blade Type: EDC (Every Day Carry Knife, Small Utility)
- Blade Length: 2.25 Inches (small guy!)
- Total Length: 6.5 Inches
- Handle Style: Western | Right or Left Hand Use
- Steel: AEB-L Stainless Steel
- Rockwell Hardness: 61 HRC
- Grind Type: Full Flat
- Handle Materials: "True Blood" Kirinite (a proprietary acrylic based resin material, carbon fiber pins,
This Blade is Ground...
- Thin for Performance (best performance but also more delicate)
- Thick for Durability (tough, built to last for heavy wear-n-tear)
- >>>Mid-Range with Special Geometry (By nature this is a thin blade but we keep just enough at the spine so they remain durable and rigid since it is such a small blade profile)
This Knife Feels...
- Heavy in Hand (hefty for its size, durable)
- >>> Light (nimble, maneuverable)
- Not too heavy, not too light (Mid-Range Weight)
GENERAL USES OF THIS KNIFE:
Like the name implies, this knife is great for use with very intricate and delicate subjects such as bird and fish, where you need a smaller, nimble blade to work with. The handle has a somewhat odd shape but it feels great in hand and is perfect to use in small spaces and for precise cuts. This knife should serve you well out in the field and would also be a great little utility knife to have around the house.
HANDLE DESIGN & MATERIALS:
Every one of our knives is handmade, unique and numbered. This lil' NORA knife has been handled a beautiful "True Blood" kirinite handle scale. Kirinite is a proprietary based acrylic resin that is durable, low maintenance and eye-catching to boot. We like it because its easy to clean and looks great year after year without the maintenance required of a wood handle. Its a nice fit given the intended use for this knife.
AEB-L STAINLESS STEEL
This knife blade is composed of AEB-L stainless steel which is a high-quality Swedish metal, originally developed for razor blades. Recently, steel suppliers have made this steel available in thicker sheets and it has proven to be an excellent adaptation for the cutlery industry.
The blade was originally etched but we disliked the mottled appearance of the etch so we lightly re-ground the blades to remove the etch, although the remnants of the etch still remain near the base of the handle.
AEB-L has a beautiful balance of carbon and chromium and, with proper heat treatment, this steel produces both a very fine edge as well as excellent toughness and edge stability. The fine grain structure also makes this steel very easy to sharpen.
As a side note, there are two things we like to mention about this steel:
1.) This steel responds beautifully to honing and if the knife is honed regularly it should need infrequent sharpening.
2.) AEB-L is a stainless steel but just barely. The concept of stainless steel is very misleading because every steel is, at some level, reactive to water and other elements.
The higher carbon content in this stainless is what allows it to get a fine edge and higher hardness compared to many other stainless steels but it also has a tendency to sometimes form very fine rust spots on the blade. If this happens, these are easily removed with a green or red scotch brite pad and usually the rough end of a kitchen sponge will also do the trick. Take extra care to remove any excess wetness that remain on this blade. Drip drying is NOT recommended.