Damascus Dagger with Fluted Ironwood

Product Description for Damascus Dagger with Fluted Ironwood

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 107498
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 11.25 in.
Cutting edge length: 11.00 in.
Total length: 17.75 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.29 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 23.00 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 23.00 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 19.00 in.
Item weight: 14.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 21.2 oz.
Blade: Sideways Ws pattern damascus forged from 1080 and 75NI8 carbon steels
Bolster: Textured and antiqued bronze with damascus spacers
Handle: Hand fluted Arizona desert ironwood
Sheath: Leather sheath with ostrich leather inlay
Description: Visiting with Journeyman Smith Stuart Smith is always a highlight of my visits to South Africa. His dramatic personality shines through his hand forged knives. Smith began making knives in 2000 after he took a class with Mastersmith Kevin Harvey. Stuart was immediately hooked and quit his job working as a salesman by 2004. Only a few years after that, in 2009, Stuart began teaching classes of his own. Among his many students is Neels van den Berg. Stuart has been very active over the years in the Southern African Bladesmiths Association (SABA) and the Knifemakers Guild of Southern Africa (KGSA).
The damascus blade is hand forged, combining 1080 and 75Ni8 carbon steels The complex sideways Ws damascus pattern is extremely engaging and nicely complements the symmetrically ground dagger blade. The blade is hand ground with perfect symmetry. Daggers are one of the hardest blades to grind because it becomes extremely obvious if the blade is not ground perfectly.
The handle is a premium section of Arizona desert ironwood, perfectly fluted by hand. Desert ironwood (Olneya tesota) is a rare wood that is only found in the valleys of the Sonoran Desert below 2,500 foot elevation. It is extremely dense and durable. In fact it is so dense, that if a piece is dropped in water it will sink! Fittings are antiqued, textured bronze with a damascus pommel and spacers. The handle feels exceptional in hand and provides a great balance to the 11-1/4 inch blade.
To keep the dagger close at hand, custom sheath is included. The sheath features a ostrich leather inlay with leather lacing and four custom beads.
Exceptional work throughout!

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