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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


"Perseus" obverse side view in 440C high chromium martensitic stainless steel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, blue lace agate gemstone handle, hand-carved, hand-dyed leather sheath
  • Size: Knife: Length overall: 7.2" (18.3 cm), Blade Length: 3.3" (8.4 cm), Thickness: .117" (3.0 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 3.6 oz. (102 grams) Sheath: 2.9 oz. (82grams)
  • Blade: 440C high chromium stainless steel, hardened and tempered to 60HRC, mirror polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, mirror polished, hand-engraved
  • Handle: Blue Lace Agate Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved, hand-dyed leather shoulder
  • Knife: The Perseus is named for the constellation in the northern sky, named for the ancient Greek hero. This is a great small knife, and I enjoyed bringing it into form. I made the blade of high chromium, high carbon 440C martensitic stainless steel for extremely high corrosion resistance and I hardened and tempered it to 60 Rockwell on the C scale for very high wear resistance, and polished it to a bright mirror finish. I could do this because the grind I accomplished with a small contact wheel, and the result of this is a thin, tough cutting edge with a thick and strong spine. This is a very useful knife blade style, a dropped point, making it easy to sheath and use. Perseus is a tough knife, even though its outward appearance is elaborate. I fileworked the spine completely, around the fully tapered tang, with a staccato pattern I call "sunrise." The knife is bolstered with zero care high nickel, high chromium 304 stainless steel, into which I've hand-engraved a speedy chevron interlaced pattern, bold and distinctive. The bolsters bed a pair of beautiful blue lace agate gemstone handle scales. This is a very hard agate from Namibia, and untreated only has a hint of bluish white color. So I've specially treated the gemstone with a tinge of blue dye to bring out the most intense light blue. The color and tone is permanent, and this is a very hard and durable gemstone, one of the hardest I use. It has bands of translucent and transparent agate, with noticeable depth and crystalline portions. It's brightly polished to a glassy smoothness, and the knife feels light and strong in the hand, with the balance point at the middle finger in a forward grip. This is a tough, durable knife, and its light, airy appearance is clean and flowing.
  • Sheath: I matched the engraved chevron pattern in the bolsters in the hand-carving of the sheath. I didn't want the sheath to overtake the knife, so I hand-dyed the carved patterns in a dark blue, framed with black. The sheath is all 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, hand-stitched with black polyester, and sealed for longevity. Even the back and belt loop are hand-carved and the sheath is deep and protective of the knife and wearer.
  • A flowing, airy handle of solid, hard, blue agate and a useable drop point hollow ground blade of high hardness.

Thanks, S. H.!

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"Perseus" reverse side view. Sheath back and belt loop are hand-carved and hand-dyed to match front and knife bolster engraving "Perseus" spine edgework, filework detail. Filework is full, throughout the fully tapered tang. "Perseus" inside handle tang view. Bolsters are dovetailed to lock handle scales to tang, all surfaces rounded, contoured, smoothed, and polished. "Perseus" obverse side gemstone handle and engraving detail. Agate gemstone is specially treated to bring out the blue color of the hard agate, a hard color to achieve in stone. "Perseus" reverse side gemstone handle, hand-engraving of bolsters detail. All surfaces smooth and comfortable. This is a 2.75 power enlargement! "Perseus" sheathed view. Sheath is bold and handsome, deep and protective of this knife with a high back and strong binders throughout.

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