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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

Golden Eagle

"Golden Eagle" obverse side view in CPM154CM high molybdenum powder metal technology tool steeel blade, hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Bicolored Tiger Eye gemstone handle, Caiman skin inlaid in hand-carved leather sheath
"Golden Eagle" obverse side handle detail. Tiger eye is quartz with bicolored blue and gold pattern, and high chatoyancy (cat's eye) effect
"Golden Eagle" Fine Investment, Collector's, Tactical Handmade Knife
  • Size: Length overall: 11.75" (29.9 cm), Blade Length: 6.75" (17.2 cm), Thickness: .185" (4.7 mm)
  • Weight: Knife:14.1 oz. (400 grams) Sheath: 6.5 oz. (184 grams)
  • Blade: CPM154CM High Molybdenum Powder Metal Technology Martensitic Stainless Tool Steel, Hardened and Tempered to Rockwell C58.5, mirror polished
  • Bolsters, Fittings: 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel, hand-engraved, mirror polished
  • Handle: Polished Tiger Eye (Crocidolite) Gemstone
  • Sheath: Hand-carved Leather Shoulder Inlaid with Caiman Skin
  • Knife: The Golden Eagle is a very early knife design of mine, and one of my favorites, named for the majestic Eagle that lives over most of the northern hemisphere. Like the bird, this knife packs a powerful visual as well as tactile punch. This is the knife pattern that you see in every background of every page of this large website. The blade has a distinctive and elegant broad, feather-like shape, with a graceful recurve, substantial belly, and a thin and powerful point. For the steel, I chose an ultra high tech powder metal technology tool steel, CPM154CM. This is a high molybdenum martensitic stainless tool steel that is made in Crucible Metallurgy Tool Steel's process of being formed as a powder first into a fused billet. This allows an extremely even distribution of alloy elements, and produces an excellent blade that excels in high toughness (due to the high molybdenum) at a high hardness, with extremely good corrosion resistance. Because of the process at the foundry, this steel is perhaps the most beautiful tool steel made, with absolutely no grain structure visible. I've deeply hollow ground and mirror polished the blade, and fully fileworked the spine and tang from the tip to the graceful choil. The filework is a complex one, with a dynamic yet mechanistic style executed with accuracy. The large forefinger quillon protects the hand from the razor-keen single bevel cutting edge, and the deep forefinger groove assures a solid union with the hand. The handle has a gentle drop at the rear bolster that fits the hand well, and the concavity of the inside handle curve is just right for the the other three fingers of the hand. The knife is bolstered with extremely tough and beautiful high chromium, high nickel 304 austenitic stainless steel, into which I hand-engraved a thick, leafy and dense artwork that blends well with the complexities of the handle scales. For the scales, I chose Bicolored Tiger Eye from South Africa, which is a fascinating gemstone with an ancient following for good reason. With feathery overlays of gold and deep golden blue color, the most striking characteristic of this gem is the chatoyancy, the vibrant "cat's eye" effect when the stone is moved and rotated in the light. This is due to the fibrous alignment of the silicified crocidolite. The handle is cut perfectly to display the most intense silky light play at just the right angle. Unfortunately, this effect can not be shown just by the photos. The gemstone is durable and cleanly polished, and comfortable to hold. The balance point of the knife is perfect, right at the forefinger groove and the knife feels solid and smooth in the hand.
  • Sheath: The sheath for the Eagle had to be a good one, and I chose nicely patterned Caiman skin and inlaid it in panels in hand-carved leather shoulder dyed a medium brown and hand-stitched with black nylon for toughness and durability. The big lizard had some scars in his life, and I chose to display them up front, adding to the natural character of the inlays. The belt loop is stitched with double rows for great strength, and also inlaid with caiman, and the sheath is sealed and hand-buffed to a rich luster.
  • A classy and elegant favorite knife, a pattern I always enjoy visiting, in a unique and beautiful execution.

Thanks, J. K.!

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"Golden Eagle" reverse side view. Sheath back is inlaid with beautiful caiman skin in rich leather shoulder. Blade has extremely nice lines with gentle recurve "Golden Eagle" spine edgework, filework detail. Filework is mechanistic and offset, accurate and interesting along fully tapered tang "Golden Eagle" inside handle tang view. All surfaces are radiused and smooth, clean and finished. "Golden Eagle" reverse side handle detail. Tiger eye is smooth and silky, with a high polish and sheen "Golden Eagle" obverse side front bolster engraving detail. Engraving is full and leafy in this four power enlargement. Look close, you can see the reflectionof the camera tripod and my red shirt in the bolster mirror polish! "Golden Eagle" reverse side rear bolster engraving detail. Engraving is deep and full in this high nickel, high chromium stainless steel used to make nuts, bolts and fasteners: very tough and durable! "Golden Eagle" point detail. Elegant and beautiful curves and recurve in this hollow ground blade. "Golden Eagle" sheathed view. Sheath allows just a bit of display, and easy unsheathing of knife, with long-lived protection "Golden Eagle" sheathed view. Sheath has natural caiman skin inlays in hand-carved leather shoulder

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