Did you know that pearl is getting harder to source and more expensive to buy? It is. Pearl has always been a high-waste, notoriously difficult-to-work-with material that’s prone to cracking and sensitive to just about everything. We believe that as time goes on, you’ll see fewer pearl handled knives. With a price tag of $25, all of that (not to mention the fact that it’s just stinking gorgeous) makes the Rough Ryder Basketweave Trapper the steal of the year.
As always, Rough Ryder knives are hand built and backed for life. The Basketweave Trapper goes one step further. Not only is the knife itself hand built, but the pearl must be hand cut and hand fitted to the handles. They’ve laid out the mother-of-pearl and abalone fragments and fitted them into a basketweave pattern. We don’t know how long it takes to assemble each handle, but we imagine it’s more than a few minutes. We do know the result is quite possibly one of the prettiest knives we’ve seen in a very, very long time.
Each knife has mirror polished 440A stainless steel blades that open with match strike pulls. The abalone and pearl handles are framed by striped nickel silver bolsters. It’s 4.125” closed and weighs 3.52 ounces.
- 440A Stainless Steel, Mirror Polished
- 3.25” Clip and Spey Blades
- Match Strike Pulls
- Mother-of-Pearl and Abalone Handles
- 0.54” Handle Thickness
- Brass Liners
- Nickel Silver Bolsters
- 3.52 Ounces
- 4.125” Closed
- 7.375” Overall
The Rough Ryder Basketweave Trapper is one of the prettiest knives we’ve seen in 2019. They make an excellent addition to any knife collection. To get this knife, click any link in the article or simply click the button below.
All images courtesy of Smoky Mountain Knife Works – smkw.com.