I met Jim Gill 6 years ago when I first joined the Arizona Knife Collectors Association. I became a fan of his work right away. His attention to detail puts him up there with the best of makers. He is meticulous in his craft and his knives show it. They are highly sought after by collectors and are hard to come by as he only crafts a few knives each year.
Here is a slip joint folder that he made. It is a great knife. Made of high polished 440c steel, the blade opens with absolutely no play. The titanium liners are filed work to give it exceptional beauty. But what sets this knife apart is the Lignum Vitae wood handles.
From the Caribbean, The Lignum vitae wood is very important for applications requiring a material with its extraordinary combination of strength, toughness and density. This heartwood color can range from a pale yellowish olive, to a deeper forest green or dark brown to almost black. Grain has a unique feathered pattern when viewed up close. The color tends to darken with age, especially upon exposure to light. The grain of the wood is interlocked, sometimes severely so. Lignum Vitae is regarded by most to be both the heaviest and hardest wood in the world. Its durability in submerged or ground-contact applications is also exceptional. It is used in tool handles, mallet heads, bearings, bushings, pulley wheels, and turned objects as well as being used as for propeller shaft bearings on ships, and its natural oils provide self-lubrication that gives the wood excellent wear resistance.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Jim Gill’s Slip Joint Pocket Knife:
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