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"Daqar" dagger, obverse side view in CPM154CM powder metal technology stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel guard and pommel, Nephrite Jade gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with rayskin 
"Daqar" Dagger

Kadi

"Kadi" obverse side view in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, 304 stainless steel  bolsters, Sodalite gemstone handle, leather sheath inlaid with black rayskin
"Kadi" and sheath in case of ebonized poplar, Lauan, redheart, black walnut, leather
"Kadi" Fine Custom Knife
  • Size (Knife): Length overall: 14.0" (35.6 cm), Blade Length: 8.5" (21.6 cm), Thickness: .262" (6.7 mm)
  • Size (Case): 17.25" (43.8 cm) wide, 12.25" (31.1 cm) deep, 3.5" (8.9 cm) tall
  • Weight: Knife: 1 lb., 4.5 oz. (581 grams), Sheath: 10.7 oz. (303 grams), Case (with knife and sheath: 8 lbs., 12 oz. (4 kilograms)
  • Blade: 440C High Chromium Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Cryogenically Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C62, mirror polished
  • Fittings/Bolsters: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Sodalite Gemstone (Brazil)
  • Stand: Lauan (Meranti), American Black Walnut, Poplar, Redheart, Red Oak, Neoprene Feet
  • Knife: The Kadi is named for an ancient Sumerian goddess of justice. This is a custom knife, made just for a client at their specific request, finish, materials, and style. I started with a blade of 440C high chromium stainless steel, a hypereutectoid alloy of steel high in carbon, chromium, and molybdenum. This steel is my most requested for a reason; it's a beautiful, low care, high performer, with a fantastic track record of value and durability. The blade I double-hollow ground, with a differential grind. This means that the knife is double edged, but with two different geometries in the grind. The main grind is done with an 8" diameter wheel, and the top grind is done with a 3" diameter wheel. This gives the double edges of a dagger, but with a pronounced and heavy off-center spine for great strength. This is no lightweight knife, and is made from thick and heavy stock, with a sizeable blade length. I cryogenically treated the blade for full martensitic conversion and with a long cryogenic soak for extremely high precipitation of carbides. The blade was double-tempered with cryogenic soaking between tempers, for the ultimate in thermal conditioning and high wear resistance, toughness, and corrosion resistance. The blade is very hard, 62 Rockwell on the C scale, and can maintain this hardness due to increased toughness created by the cryogenic process. I've mirror polished the blade to a beautiful finish, preserving the crisp grind lines and contours. The blade is fully fileworked with a bold complex vine pattern, throughout the precisely and fully tapered tang. The knife is bolstered with zero-care 304 high nickel, high chromium austenitic stainless steel bolsters, and the front bolster is sculpted in complex curves to accent the grind character. The bolsters are dovetailed and bed a pair of striking Sodalite gemstone handle scales, in natural blue with black and white regions and bold appeal. The handle shape is complex and extremely comfortable, with all surfaces smoothed, rounded, and polished, and the knife feels solid and formidable with the balance point exactly at the forefinger location.
  • The sheath had to match the gemstone handle, so I created this one in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, dyed navy blue, and hand-carved to create areas to inlay 17 pieces of black rayskin. The sheath is bold and striking, and holds the knife deeply and securely with a high back to protect the wearer. The sheath is left-handed by the request of my client. I hand-stitched the entire sheath with black polyester, in double row stitching throughout for the greatest durability. The sheath is coated and sealed against the elements, and is an independent work of art.
  • My client also requested a custom case for the knife and sheath, so I made this one in lauan (meranti) hardwood, with American black walnut banding and accents, redheart accents and feet, a red oak bottom, and ebonized poplar insert. The knife and sheath rest on natural buckskin leather, and the turned hardwood feet are inlaid with neoprene foam inserts to protect any surface the case rests upon. The design of the piece is (like the knife) modern, with complex double-double box joinery in the corners and an inset lid, clean with no metallic hardware. The case is smooth and lacquered for a bright finish that brings out the richness of the various woods.
  • A beautiful and complete ensemble, and an honor and a pleasure to make.

Thanks, M. D. !

Jay -
The package arrived this afternoon. J. is seriously blown away and is SOOOO HAPPY!
Thank you so much!!! You are awesome!
I attached a pic of him opening the box; you can totally see how happy he is by the expression on his face. He took it downstairs to the basement...He keeps going down there to look at it. Lol
Wishing you and your family a very blessed and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Thank you again!

--M. and J.


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"Kadi" reverse side view. Sheath back and belt loop has multiple inlays and double row stitching throughout "Kadi" reverse side knife, front side sheath view. This sheath is for left side, or left handed wear. "Kadi" spine edgework, filework detail. Complex vine pattern through fully tapered thick tang, bolsters are dovetailed to lock handle scales to tang. "Kadi" inside handle tang view. Complex handle shape has all surfaces rounded and contoured for comfort and smooth grip "Kadi" obverse side gemstone handle scale detail. Sodalite is a beautiful gem, natural blues, blacks, and whites  with distinctive character "Kadi" reverse side handle detail. Front bolster is sculpted and rounded, matching grind geometry with easy to clean surfaces and finish. "Kadi" point detail. Knife blade is complex and cryogenically treated for the ultimate in performance, wear resistance, toughness, and corrosion resistance "Kadi" sheathed view. Sheath is deep and protective, with handle displayed and high back to protect wearer. "Kadi" sheath front detail. Leather shoulder is heavy 9-10 oz. thick, hand-carved and inlaid with black rayskin. "Kadi" sheath back detail. Sheath has inlays in front and back for complete continuity, and is double row stitched with polyester for high longevity and strength "Kadi" sheath back and belt loop detail. Even the belt loop is inlayed by hand, all sheath is coated with acrylic sealer for resistance to exposure. "Kadi" custom case for knife and sheath. Top and sides are lauan (meranti) hardwood, top is banded with American Black Walnut "Kadi" hardwood case, joinery detail. Double-double box joints in lauan, black walnut, redheart hardwood. Feet are turned redheart hardwood. "Kadi" case, top view. Single piece of meranti top is banded with black walnut for contrast. "Kadi" knife and sheath in case. Insert is American poplar, ebonized to match ensemble, lacquered for protection. "Kadi" case insert detail. Case bottom is lined with natural buckskin for protection of knife and sheath. "Kadi" case bottom view. Feet are turned redheart hardwood, inlaid with foam neoprene. Maker's name and date plaque attached.

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