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"Random Access Three" obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology high molybdenum stainless steel blade, vertical and horizontal sheaths in hand-stamped brown basketweave leather shoulder
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"Charax" dagger in ATS-34 high molybdenum stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel bolsters, Australian Black Jade, California Jade gemstone handle, stingray skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
Charax Dagger
  • Size: Length overall: 13.1" (33.3 cm), Blade Length: 7.5" (19.1 cm), Thickness: .250" (6.4 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb. 3 oz. (539 grams) Sheath: 8.3 oz. (235 grams)
  • Blade: ATS-34 High Molybdenum Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C59
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic High Nickel, High Chromium Stainless Steel
  • Handle: Polished Black Australian Nephrite Jade, Green California Nephrite Jade gemstone mosaic
  • Sheath: Black, Green Stingray skin inlaid in hand-carved leather
  • Knife: A great custom dagger made to order, the Charax has a determined tactical side. The Greek name comes from the ancient and mysterious palisaded fort who's location is lost to history. The knife was custom designed with the client for his tactical and defensive requirements, and custom made to his specifications. The blade is thick ATS-34 high molybdenum martensitic stainless steel, which offers great toughness and durability. The blade's actual cutting edge length is over seven inches, and is double hollow ground with a three inch diameter contact wheel for a blade cross sectional geometry that leaves plenty of thickness in the spine while offering a very thin and durable cutting edge. The blade spine has a five inch long cannelure, which reduces blade weight without sacrificing strength all while limiting lateral flexion. The cannelure, also called a fuller, is nicely radiused and mirror polished, as is the rest of the blade for high corrosion resistance and value. This beautiful steel is honed to a razor sharp single bevel double edge, and the tang is fully fileworked with a striking geometric design along the fully tapered tang. The guard is full and three inches wide, a bolster-guard with sculpted and polished bolsters of 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel, the same steel used in tough stainless steel bolts, screws, and fasteners. The guard shape is radiused and polished for comfort to the hand and the rear bolster is lightly fishtailed for security. The dovetailed bolsters bed a pair of mosaic handle scales in nephrite jade gemstone. The Black Jade is from Australia, and has bits of red jasper and iron with spangles of metallic pyrite and hematite. The polished Green Jade from California is jungle green and smooth, with a few areas of lighter color. All six pieces of jade form a very well matched and aligned mosaic gemstone handle, with perfect seams and smooth blending of all parts. The handle has nice belly for comfortable grip and the filework aids with some tactile presence. The jade and the blade steel and bolster steel are all very tough, the jade being some of the toughest material I work with for great durability and longevity. The knife feels strong and substantial in the hand, with the balance point just in front of the forefinger in forward grip style.
  • Sheath (Scabbard): To match the knife, I constructed a sheath (or scabbard) from 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, which I hand carved to accommodate eight large panel inlays of black and green stingray skin to match the design of the handle. The stingray is tough and bony, one of the most durable natural skins known, and the angle of the inlays and stitching echo the arrangement of the jade mosaic in the handle. The blade is snug in the sheath while displaying the bolsters and handle, and the twin belt loop arrangement allows several wear options. The leather is dyed a medium brown, hand-stitched with polyester sinew, lacquered and sealed.
  • A beautiful dagger: toughness and elegance combined!

Thanks, A. F.!

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"Charax" reverse side view. The sheath back has large panel inlays of stingray skin, in angles and arrangement that echoes the gemstone handle mosaic. Note twin belt loops on sheath. "Charax" spine, tang, filework detail. Note the fully tapered tang, dovetailed bolsters, and well-matched gemstone mosaic handle scales "Charax" handle tang and filework detail. Filework pattern is bold and balanced, aids in gripping handle whiile preserving gemstone polish and beauty. "Charaz" obverse side handle detail. Note large and meaty bolster guard, secured with multiple zero-clearance pins for absolute permanence. Rear bolster is fishtail shaped for security. "Charax" reverse side handle detail. Nephrite jade gemstone is very tough and fracture resistant, and the black jade from Australia has bits of red and spangles of pyrite and hematite in the matrix. "Charax" sheathed view. Sheath allows display of handle and bolster material, and matches handle mosaic in design shape and color "Charax" blade point detail. Point is tough and durable in the ATS-34 blade, and the cannelure limits lateral flexion while preserving spine strength and cutting blade weight.

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