This Dragonslayer is opened by pressing the button on the front side of the handle - that action will eject the blade into the locked open position. To close the knife you push the liner lock over and pull back on the charging handle at the bottom of the handle until the blade is locked open. Then you return the charging handle to it's locked in position.
This Custom Marfione Dragonslayer IV features amazing handle and blade inlays made from bamboo seeded 600 years ago by the family of custom knife maker Koji Hara in Japan. The steel used for the blade also comes from Japan by way of Japanese knife builder (Master) Ichiro Hattori who forged the Cowry-X Damascus Steel used on this Marfione Custom.
Dragonslayers are the rarest Marfione Custom pieces because of the complexity involved in the internal mechanisms and then the grind and polish to the 416 Stainless Steel handles as well as the the blade itself. Currently there isn't another maker in the world besides Tony Marfione who is able to effect such as masterpiece as this . Not a year has gone by that more than 20 were made and there have been many years where none were produced.