Damascus Dirk with Red Ivory and Ebony

Product Description for Damascus Dirk with Red Ivory and Ebony

Maker: Lee Berg (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 107731
** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind **
Blade length: 7.10 in.
Cutting edge length: 6.50 in.
Total length: 11.60 in.
Blade height (at heel): 0.85 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.15 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 6.40 oz.
Shipment weight: 12.8 oz.
Blade: Damascus forged from carbon steels
Bolster: Polished stainless steel fittings
Handle: Red ivory wood and ebony
Sheath: Leather wrapped wooden sheath
Description: Lee Berg made his first knife in his grandfather's blacksmith shop when he was 12 years old, while his grandfather was showing him how to use his forge and blacksmith tools on different metals. He has been hooked on knives ever since. He retired in 1994 from his profession as an Aerospace Artist, Commercial Artist and Graphic Design Specialist, which consisted of creating artwork for several of the leading aerospace corporations in the US. Each of his knives is either forged into rough shape then hand filed or simply hack sawed into rough shape, then hand filed into the final, finished shape, hand polished, then individually heat treated and tempered, one blade at a time. This dirk has been in a private collection since it was made. It is in new condition and by appearances, Lee could have made it yesterday.
The 7 inch dirk blade is hand forged from Lee's own damascus, combining carbon steels to ensure excellent edge holding. The edge is convex ground to ensure additional chip resistance. Lee's touchmark is on the underside of the ricasso. The spine is hand fileworked for a comfortable thumb purchase. A differential heat treatment line separates the hard cutting edge from a soft and supportive spine.
The handle is red ivory sculpted to provide a comfortable grip. Red ivory (Berchemia zeyheri) is a South African hardwood that is "rarer than diamonds." The tree is considered sacred to the Zulus in South Africa and its use is reserved for royalty. The handle is surrounded by ebony spacers and polished stainless steel fittings.
To keep the knife close at hand, a leather wrapped wooden sheath is included.
Excellent work throughout!


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