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Handle material is quite often unique, beautiful and durable, or all three of these features, but I think the handle on this knife of mine "takes the cake" as far as uniqueness especially. The wood on this handle came from the bottom of one of the first oil wells drilled near my home over 140 years ago. Many of the wells were abandoned after the oil gave out and just recently within the past 5 or 10 years these wooden rods (called sucker rods), were removed from the average depth of 600 feet where they had remained in a solution of crude oil, paraffin and water. Once these wooden rods were "pulled" concrete could be pumped down the well to protect the water supply in that area. The knife pictured is mine and was made by the Great Eastern Cutlery in Titusville, Pa.using a piece of that original sucker rod wood and is serial numbered 03. I am proud to own this knife as I don't think very many were ever produced. One reason the wood, either ash or oak, is so durable is that the crude oil containing paraffin has totally infiltrated the wood making it tough and water proof over this long period of time. I have made beautiful items from these rods but this is a first for knife handles. The shield in the handle reflects the brown wrapping paper but is brilliant German silver I think.
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