Damascus Dagger with Giraffe Bone

Product Description for Damascus Dagger with Giraffe Bone

Maker: Stuart Smith, J.S. (click to see more by this maker)
Price: $1,650.00
Item num: 99791
Blade length: 12.90 in.
Cutting edge length: 12.40 in.
Total length: 18.10 in.
Blade height (at heel): 1.30 in.
Blade thickness (near bolster): 0.29 in.
Blade thickness (at midpoint): 0.26 in.
Blade thickness (near tip): 0.06 in.
Item weight: 15.80 oz.
Shipment weight: 25.4 oz.
Blade: Damascus blade hand forged from Bohler 0000 and 1080 carbon steels
Bolster: Damascus oval guard
Handle: Stabilized and dyed giraffe bone
Sheath: Hand stitched leather sheath with blue dyed textured leather inlay
Description: Getting to meet bladesmith Stuart Smith was a real highlight of my recent trip to South Africa. Smith began making knives in 2000 after he took a class with Mastersmith Kevin Harvey. Stuart was immediately hooked and quite 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). This knife was kept in a private collection since it was made in 2019. It is in new condition and by all appearances Stuart could have made it yesterday!
Smith forged the blade from 1080 and Bohler 0000 carbon steels. It is high contrast, extremely complex, and shows tremendous skill at the forge. The blade is beautifully symmetrically ground and razor sharp.
The mortised tang handle is formed from giraffe bone that has been dyed and stabilized. Hand domed phosphor bronze pins set the handle in place. A ferrule is formed from damascus surrounded by phosphor bronze spacers is set before the damascus oval guard.
The knife is accompanied by an elegant hand stitched leather sheath with blued dyed and textured leather inlay.
Absolutely spectacular!

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