JS test knife candidate number seven is a sleek, powerful fighter we're calling The Mamba. Black mambas, which have black mouths rather than black scales, are native to Africa and can be any color from olive-green to greyish-brown. This Mamba was forged from W2, has an elegant hamon, and sports a georgeous flame-grain walnut handle. According to Wikipedia, black mambas "have a reputation for being aggressive and highly venomous." Our Mamba isn't poisonous, but there certainly is something aggressive about that profile. Hopefully it will behave on the judging table!
Finish: Hand-rubbed with hamon
Handle: Flame grain walnut (from Burl Source)
Blade Length: 8 inches
Overall Length: 13 3/4 inches
One more to go!