Damascus Ring Dagger with Mammoth Ivory

Product Description for Damascus Ring Dagger with Mammoth Ivory

Maker: Neels van den Berg, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 106890
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 10.90 in.
Cutting edge length: 10.50 in.
Total length: 16.25 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.95 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.20 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.20 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.07 in.
Item weight: 11.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 31.8 oz.
Blade: Heat colored twisted Ws damascus forged from 1075 and 75Ni8 carbon steels
Bolster: Antiqued bronze fittings
Handle: Wooly mammoth ivory
Description: Neels van den Berg was honored to become Africa's third mastersmith in June 2022. He is a powerhouse and creates some of the most dramatic forged knives coming out of South Africa. Visiting Neels' workshop on visits to South Africa is always a treat. His forge is pretty much in the middle of nowhere -- or at least if you kept driving down the road, that is clearly where it would end. The twisting road travels through beautiful veldt populated by zebra and other wild animals. Neels is well known for his war hammers, spike hawks, and highly refined art knives.
The 10.9 inch dagger ground blade was forged to shape from Neel's own damascus, combining 1075 and 75Ni8 carbon steels for excellent toughness and edge holding. It is hollow ground and perfectly symmetrical. Daggers are one of the hardest blades to grind because it becomes extremely obvious if the blade is not ground perfectly.
Mammoth ivory handle scales are set on the antiqued bronze frame. Colors in the ivory developed as minerals moved into the ancient ivory across thousands of years. Blue tones in this ivory are particularly rare and desirable. The antiqued bronze ring guard and pommel surround the handle. The pommel can be twisted to disassemble the knife if cleaning or maintenance is needed. Take-down construction requires tighter tolerances and shows Neels' focus on the small details.
Exceptional work throughout!

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