Cases of ``Quebracho``
Usually used for a presentation or collector knife in a case of cordura or other padded material to protect it.
No knife should come without a container but highly finished mirror bright blades will lose their sheen if stored in or used with a traditional sheath, losing collector value.
Thus an appropriate display case was my choice. This is correct, you can not give a knife without any “container”, but in the knives that have a polished end, truly “a mirror” should not be used a sheath, because the holstering and re-holstering make lost the polished and a important part of the value of the knife. That is why my choice was to make a worthy case.
Display cases are made from Quebracho Colorado campana, cut from the lower bella rea near burl root of the tree that died rematurely, one or two years of age without develooping sapwood. In my first endeavor I decided to leave the outer bark which show its true beauty and is firmly attached to the heartwood.
The elaboration of the case
Wood for the construction of the cases must be carefully chosen from the trunk wood with strong bark anatomy and healthy core wood.To make the case must be carefully chosen part of the trunk that has a good crust and fundamentally “healthy” in the core.
After cutting the pieces should be allowed to air cure before joining to allow balancing of the natural tensión of the wood in order to avoid deformity.
After several months of curing in varying temperaturs and humidity levels the surfaces diverge and require new balancing of tensión to provide for a congruous fit and avoid any future warpage or splitting.
It is then time to adjust the surfaces (also external) and repeat the process (every one or two months) to note that with the passage of time does not produce more disruption of its forms.
Piece of Quebracho Colorado, open and almost undermined with the contour of the knife that will contain.
Here begins the process of stabilizing the wood.
Now begins the final adjustment, hinge housing fabrication and construction of the locking clip.
The hinges and locking clip are specially made steel AISI 420 with the fit adjusted for each case.
The locking mechanism is tempered.