An impressive, handcrafted knife made with the rarest materials found on Earth, from the time when dinosaurs walked the Earth and asteroids collisions with our planet marred its surface with craters. The blade is Seymchan meteorite, first discovered during the summer of 1967 by the Russian geologist F. A. Mednikov. In the early 2000s, meteorite hunters associated with the Vernadsky Institute in Moscow returned to the find site in the hope of finding additional specimens. They did and were amazed to discover not iron meteorites, but pallasites — stony-iron meteorites encrusted with olivine crystals. Their finds resulted in a rare classification change in the scientific literature: in 2007 van Niekerk et al. revised the designation for Seymchan from iron to pallasite.
Seymchan has an unusual structure: some areas display olivine-rich clusters, while others consist almost entirely of nickel-iron. The blade in this piece contains visible schreibersite, which is only found in material from outer space and in one location on Earth, Disko Island in Greenland. The blade extends to the finger guard, where it has been welded to steel. The handle displays rare “gem” dinosaur bone — approximately 145-200 million years old — Tyrannosaurus Rex cortex rib bone, and a stainless steel guard and bolsters.