Balisongs And Caviar A Balisong Collector Special Exhibit

Mokume-Gane is a Japanese art. It dates to about 1650AD. Mokume-Gane literally translates, "wood grain metal." It looks similar to Damascus in many respects, but Mokume-Gane is dramatically different technique.

The Mokume-Gane for these three knife was made by Devon Thomas who is one of only a few artists making Mokume-Gane today and perhaps the only one making it in such large pieces.

Mokume-Gane is a combination of several different metals which is what gives the appearance of different colors. The metal alloys used are specific to making Mokume-Gane and have Japanese names such as Kuromi-do and Shakudo. They are made primarily from copper, silver, gold, and arsenic (remember, arsenic is actually a metal).

The colors and patterns in Mokume-Gane are not painted-on. This is not a surface finish. Like Damascus steel, the pattern in Mokume-Gane is part of the metal. It goes all the way through.

You can read more about Mokume-Gane and the elaborate process used to make it on

The process is elaborate and the product is exquisite.


All three of the outstanding custom knives presented in this exhibit were hand-made from Devon Thomas Mokume-Gane and other materials by Pabu Knife of Portland, Oregon.


The Pabu balisong on the left is T3-X. The Pabu balisong in the middle is C23. The Pabu balisong on the right is ST3-X. Click on one of the knives to read more about that knife Click HERE to see the high-res version of the picture above

Custom balisongs from Pabu Knife start at about $300. What about one like the three shown here? Let's just say I know a place where you can have breakfast for about the same price.

If you're interested in commissioning a custom balisong from Pabu Knife, whether it's a simple one or a treasure such as you've seen here, you can begin by e-mailing The Balisong Collector Himself.