Steps of Sparta
Product Description for Steps of Sparta
Maker: Shane Taylor, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 87754
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 4.25 in.
Total length: 10.00 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.95 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.09 in.
Item weight: 7.30 oz.
Blade: Multi bar skulls pattern damascus forged from carbon steels
Handle: Antique Black Magic gun blued 1084 carbon steel with 24kt gold inlay
Style: Dual action automatic liner lock
Description: Steps of Sparta is undoubtedly Mastersmith Shane Taylor's most dramatic and successful knife to date.
The damascus blade is incredibly complex. A twisted firestorm surrounds a twisted skulls pattern damascus central bar. By using 1084, 15N20 and 1080 carbon steels along with nickel, Shane has created damascus with a depth of grays, silvers, and blacks rarely found. Both the blade and step down are inlaid with 24kt gold.
The carbon steel handle has been antique gun blued and has a Greek Key pattern inlaid around the revealed window. The never ending pattern symbolizes eternity. Gothic fleur-de-lis are inlaid in 24kt gold at the front and rear. One fleur-de-lis acts and the automatic blade release.
The right window frame reveals an engraved Persian messenger galloping on a horse, entering Sparta. According to the story of Leonidas, the messenger demanded that Sparta submit to Xerxes I, King of the Persian Empire. The horse's bridal and the messenger's crown are inlaid in 24kt gold. In his outstretched right hand, the messenger holds a foreboding threat of three skulls suspended by a golden rope. The left window frame is an engraved close-up of the three skulls. Each of the skulls wears a golden crown. The detailed rope is also inlaid in 24kt gold. The background displays a meticulously engraved Greek temple. After delivering his threat, the messenger quickly met his demise at the hands of King Leonidas.
The screws throughout have been engraved and are heat colored to match the inlaid gold. 15N20 carbon steel liners have been textured and heat blued. The backbar has been engraved in a Greek Key pattern. The engraving continues on the inside of the backbar and is completed with Shane's mark, "ST". Silky smooth action with a very satisfying click upon engagement. The blade can be opened either manually or by pressing the gold release.
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