Damascus Dagger with Fluted Hemp

Product Description for Damascus Dagger with Fluted Hemp

Maker: Neels van den Berg, M.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Item num: 108690
*** This is handmade and one-of-a-kind ***
Blade length: 12.00 in.
Cutting edge length: 11.90 in.
Total length: 17.30 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.00 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.25 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.21 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 9.60 oz.
Blade: Damascus forged from 1075 and 15n20 carbon steels
Bolster: Antiqued bronze fittings
Handle: Fluted stabilized hemp
Description: Visiting with Neels van den Berg is always a real 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 veldt populated by zebra and other wild animals. Van den Berg was honored as a Mastersmith at Blade Show in June of 2022, joining an elite rank of the world's best knifemakers. This gorgeous dagger is among Neel's masterworks to date!
The 12 inch dagger-ground blade was forged to shape from Neel's own damascus, combining 1075 and 15n20 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. Neels' touchmark is engraved onto both sides of the blade. The flats and ricasso of both sides of the blade are engraved.
The fluted handle is stabilized hemp. Antiqued bronze fittings are fluted and fileworked, creating a dramatic presentation that nicely complements the handle. Despite the long blade, this dagger feels extremely light and nimble with exceptional balance in hand. 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 details.
Exceptional work throughout!

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