I've been lurking around here for some time now. I wanted to finish this up and post it here as a way of introduction before diving in.
This one's been a long time coming. Finally got it finished.
The collector, who bought the knife, had requested that I not post photos until he had a chance to take photographs of his own and post them to his site. He just posted his photos today. You can see his interesting "Photo Exhibit" of the knife, including his fun explanation of how it came by the name "Topo Gigio" here: http://www.balisongcollector.com/greenbaum/topoGigio1.html
Blade- Hand filed/carved Eggerling Damscus
Scales- Carved Elephant Ivory
Liners- Anodized, Fileworked Titanium
Screws- Nitre Blued Alloy Hex Screws
Sapphire inlays in the stop pins (open position)
Latch- 416 SS
Closed- Approx 2 1/2"
Open- Just under 4"
The blade was too small to comfortably use my 72" belt grinder (belt sander),...I ended up carving it using my Dremel (professional model) and small hand files and needle files, and the detail was done mostly with my GRS Turbo 850 high speed carver (320,000 rpm with 1/16" friction burs). The ivory was also carved using the GRS carver, but there was lots of hand-finishing required using sand paper, miniature files, and various other methods...pretty much whatever worked!
The blade was heat treated to non-magnetic with a Mapp Torch and quenched in heated Automatic Transmission Fluid (all per instructions kindly provided to me by my friend Bob Eggerling).
This knife was challenging to say the least. Once I got past figuring out the geometry, trying to then match each of the 4 carved ivory scales was "lots of fun"...
Especially given the response this received at the Blade Show (in Atlanta last month-world's largest knife show), I plan a doing a number of these...each with a different handle design. I've already begun a 2nd and so far have carved 2 of the 4 ivory scales.
Sorry for the quality of the photos. Just can't seem to get the hang of my new Nikon 8700. I know it's an excellent, top-rated camera, but it probably deserves someone with more photography expertise. Besides that, I didn't spend a lot of time on the photography, since I knew the customer was going to be photographing it as well.
I tried several backgrounds (as you'll soon see)...In hindsight I should have gone with something other than the blue background, which too closely matches the blues in the knife.
Anyway, hope you like it...and I'm glad to be onboard!