Meteorites found in remote and nearly inaccessible locales seem to hold a special allure for hunters and collectors alike. Muonionalusta is no exception. The fall site lies north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden and the meteorites found there are so ancient their fall pre-dates at least one ice age. Long-vanished rivers of ice carried meteorites with them for a time, but left the heavy irons behind as they melted, mixing them in with a flotsam and jetsam of mismatched transported rocks known to geologists as terminal moraine. Having been casually “dumped” by retreating ice, the locations and depths at which Muonionalusta meteorites are buried are, therefore, completely random. Conventional meteorite hunting techniques must be thrown out the window by those in search of this ancient and puzzling iron.
Muonionalusta displays a beautiful Widmanstätten etch pattern after preparation in the laboratory which lends itself very well to fashioning into knife blades.
This knife blade is crafted out of the ice age meteorite, welded under the finger guard directly to steel.
The handle is made of dinosaur gembone — dinosaur bone presents a unique gemstone for artisans to use in the creation of their pieces. After millions of years of being buried, the original dinosaur bone’s organic material has been replaced with minerals, including quartz chalcedony. In some cases, this fossilization provides beautiful pieces of agatized dinosaur bone, also known as gembone, as used here.
This one-of-a-kind knife is highlighted with cross cut mammoth tusk, and proudly finished with a stainless steel guard and bolsters.