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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

Tarazed

"Tarazed" in stainless steel pattern welded damascus blade, mokume gane diffusion welded and forged bolsters, Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with ostrich leg skin
"Tarazed" Custom Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 8.13" (20.6 cm), Blade Length: 3.75" (9.6 cm), Thickness: .122" (3.1 mm)
  • Weight: Knife: 5.3 oz. (150 grams) Sheath: 5.0 oz. (142 grams)
  • Blade: Stainless pattern welded damascus in 19C27, 302, and D2, Cryogenically Treated, Hardened and Tempered to 57 HRC
  • Bolsters, Fittings: Mokume Gane in copper, brass, and nickel silver
  • Handle: Pilbara Picasso Jasper Gemstone, Australia
  • Sheath: Hand-carved leather shoulder inlaid with Ostrich leg skin
  • Knife: Tarazed is named for a star in the constellation Aquila. It also means the beam of a balance scale. This is a great drop point knife, and it's custom made for a great client who requested specific materials. My client wanted a stainless steel twist pattern damascus blade, and I made this one of stock of pattern welded 19C27 hypereutectoid stainless steel, 302 austenitic stainless steel, with a core of D2 high alloy extremely high carbon die steel. This is perhaps the best stainless damascus stock made. The knife is accurately hollow ground, with full, light filework, and I performed a deep cryogenic process in the heat treatment, with a 40 hour cryogenic aging at -325°F and triple tempering with deep cryogenic thermal cycling between tempers. This results in the very best condition this steel can be, and it's hard, tough, and wear resistant. It's etched to bring out the pattern and bolstered with mokume gane bolsters. These are diffusion welded layers of copper, brass, and nickel silver, attached with pinned and peened nickel silver pins. They are also etched to bring out the pattern of the layers. When etching the bolsters, a copper wash plating forms on the spine of the knife, adding some corrosion resistance to the D2 and blending the handle, spine, and bolster colors. The bolsters are contoured, rounded and dovetailed to bed a pair of striking Pilbara Picasso Jasper gemstone handle scales. This is a very hard, tough, and beautiful gemstone from Australia, and I polished the scales to a high glassy luster. This stone is so durable it will clearly outlast the entire knife! The striking patterns of the jasper and the forged metals work well together for that certain look my client wanted, a unique combination of striking texture and beauty.
  • Sheath: The sheath needed to match the knife, so I matched the colors of warm orange-brown and black of the gemstone with dyed 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, hand-carved and inlaid with full panels of black glazed Ostrich leg skin in the front, back, and the belt loop. I hand-stitched the sheath with brown polyester, and sealed it with acrylic for durability.
  • A distinctive multi-patterned custom piece of unique materials and bold combination.

Thanks, C. B.!


Mr. Fisher,
All I can say is WOW!
Calling your work beautiful doesn't seem to do it justice.  I've caught myself going back to the picture link over and over again.   The Jasper you used is remarkable, and the other finishing touches compliments the entire knife as a whole.  I can only imagine how good it looks in person, and will probably look even better in my hand.  Thank you very much for taking the time to create this knife for me.
Again, awesome work from a talented artist!!

Best Regards,
C.

Later:
It's a gorgeous knife.  Looks even better in my hand.  The Jasper really stands out.


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"Tarazed" reverse side view. Sheath back and belt loop are inlaid with full panels of glazed ostrich leg skin "Tarazed" spine filework, edgework detail. Spine has copper wash, giving added corrosion resistance and color blending "Tarazed" inside handle tang view. Bolsters are dovetailed, contoured, rounded and finished for comfort "Tarazed" obverse side handle view. Striking patterns in blade, bolsters, and gemstone handle blend together "Tarazed" reverse handle view. Pilbara Picasso jasper is a very tough, hard, and durable cryptocrystalline quartz, and will outlast the knife "Tarazed" reverse side gemstone handle scale detail. Rich golds, warm oranges, and deep reds permeate the black field of this polished gemstone "Tarazed" obverse side gemstone handle scales detail. This is a 4 power enlargement! "Tarazed" maker's mark and obverse side detail. Mark is cut deeply into the stainless damascus blade "Tarazed" sheathed view. Sheath is sculpted and bold, with full panel inlays of ostrich leg skin "Tarazed" sheath back detail. Hand-stitched in brown polyester, with thick welts and strong belt loop in 9 -10 oz. leather shoulder

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