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"Amethistine" dagger, obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, diffusion welded copper, nickel silver fittings, sterling silver gallery wire wrap and accents, Amethyst crystal gemstone pommel, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with black rayskin

Freedom's Promise

"Freedom's Promise" obverse side view in hand-engraved 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, blued steel guard and pommel, ivory, opals, sodalite, jasper, quartz, crocidolite handle, hand-carved leather sheath with gold wash
"Freedom's Promise" Custom Art Knife

A stunning knife, Freedom's Promise was made from the paper design up, with careful consideration and application of materials for a very specific look. I started with at blade of 440C high chromium martensitic stainless steel, hollow ground and mirror polished, on which I hand-engraved a very early historic version of our nation's Great Seal. The eagle spreads his wings and holds the banner "E Pluribus Unum" (From the many, One). The hand-engraving is tough and detailed, on both sides of the blade, and the seal is flanked by stars. The blade has a top two-thirds hollow grind in addition to the main grind, and the straight length of the blade is fileworked, including the choil. This is a hidden tang knife, so has a full guard. The guard I designed and made with low carbon steel which is nitrate-blued for a bluish, reddish finish blending the colors of the handle with improved corrosion resistance. The guard is inlaid with Elephant Ivory, carved and polished in talons reflecting the eagle's claws. The pommel of the handle is also blued and hand-carved low carbon steel, and is inlaid with two solid Opals for the eagle's eyes. The handle is framed on the edges with polished cabochons of Crocidolite gemstone, with bits of Tiger Eye Quartz, Red Jasper and metallic gray Hematite. The handle scales are mounted inlay frames of nickel silver, and the inlays are a mosaic of Red River Jasper, White Milky Quartz, and Dark Blue Sodalite gemstone.

The sheath of this fine knife matches the theme of the eagle, so I hand-carved 9 - 10 oz. leather shoulder into wings, a detailed eagle, and stars and stripes, dyed it black, and washed the carvings with 24kt gold powder. The sheath is lacquered, hand-stitched with nylon, lacquered and sealed.

A unique and beautiful knife that was an honor to make.

Thanks, B. M.!

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"Freedom's Promise" reverse side view. Note detail hand-carved on sheath back and belt loop, gold powder wash, hand-engraving on blade reverse in hardened and tempered stainless tool steel "Freedom's Promise" sheathed view. Wings of hand-carved leather wrap around knife handle. "Freedom's Promise" inside handle detail. Gemstone cabochons are Crocidolite, polished and inlaid between handle scale inlay frames "Freedom's Promise" spine top edgework detail. Crocidolite is tiger eye, hematite, and red jasper, blending with the red and metallic finish of the handle "Freedom's Promise" reverse side blade engraving detail. High chromium stainless steel is difficult do engrave in high detail within the hollow grind. "Freedom's Promise" obverse side handle detail. Gemstone inlays are mounted in a nickel silver mechanically attached inlay frame to the sides of the hidden knife tang frame which is stainless steel Line drawing pattern for custom knife with finished knife: Freedom's Promise

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