Frank Niro Mother of Pearl Fighter Knife
This Pearl Fighter from Frank Niro was my first knife from this fantastic maker from BC, Canada. This is probably the first really fancy knife I’ve ever bought, and because Frank has such affordable prices, I was able to get it at a time when I was not able to spend as much money on a knife. This is probably one of the nicer Niro’s I’ve seen.
This one was custom made to my rough specs many years ago, and since then Frank has completely stopped making anything even roughly made to specs. He just makes what he likes and you have to snag it before someone else does. His work is very pleasing to the eye and he does really nice carving and fluting on the mother of pearl handles.
This persian fighter than he made me is outstanding and the finish on it is immaculate. I could not find any flaws in it, and when there was oxidation on one of the bolsters after having it for a year I sent it to him and he fixed it for me no charge and shipped it right back. Lock up is good, though not something I’d ever test out.
The liners and knife along with the full backspacer are completey fileworked and annodized all over, including the inside of the backspacer. In my opinion he chose some great color combinations and the front and rear matching curved bolsters are very nicely done. Frank does go all out: Gold plated screws, ruby thumbstud, curved damascus bolsters, fluted mother of pearl handles, fully fileworked liners and backspacer, damascus blade.
If I could make one complaint, is that his grinds are very polished down, and I would have liked to see some definition in them. Otherwise, an exceptional custom blade at a bargain price.
Blade steel: Heat Colored Damascus
Handle Material: Mother of Pearl
Bolsters: Heat Colored Damascus
Blade Length: 3 1/2″
Overall Length: 8″