See my other works available on Etsy
Life on Earth has existed for over 3.5 billion years; this ritual knife, created from both modern and ancient animal remains, spans millions of years even in its simplicity. Our time is represented by three animals–the whitetail deer, whose leather creates the sheath and adorns the hilt of the knife, the water buffalo, whose horn was carved into the blade, and the domestic goat, whose deeply polished horn forms a dramatically curving handle. A single fossilized Orthoceras, a now-extinct nautiloid from the Ordovician and Devonian periods over 400 million years ago, acts as a link to older times when life was still confined to the oceans. The dark, near-monochrome color scheme represents the birth of life itself, a deep well of potential, while the occasional flashes of color on the fossil and horn call to mind the first glimpses of something new on this planet so many aeons ago.