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"Pallene" khukri, obverse side view in CPM154CM High molybdenum powder metal technology stainless tool steel blade, hand engraved, with hand-engraved 304 stainless steel bolsters, Brecciated Jasper gemstone  handle, hand-carved leather sheath inlaid with rayskin, hand-cast silicon bronze and Imbuya hardwood stand and Paradiso Classico Granite base
Pallene

Amethystine

"Amethystine" dagger in 440C high chromium stainless steel blade, diffusion welded copper, nickel silver fittings, Lace Amethyst, sterling silver handle with Amethyst crystal, Ponderosa Pine burl and Red Oak stand
"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
Amethystine Dagger
  • Size: Length Overall: 13.6" (34.6 cm), Blade Length: 7.75" (19.7 cm), Thickness: .187" (4.8 mm)
  • Weight: 1 lb., 1 oz. (482 grams), Sheath: 8.6 oz. (245 grams)
  • Blade: 440C high chromium stainless steel, hardened and tempered to 58HRC
  • Fittings: Copper, Nickel Silver, Sterling Silver, diffusion welded
  • Handle: Lace Amethyst Gemstone, Amethyst Crystal Gemstone
  • Stand: Ponderosa Pine Burl, Red Oak Base
  • Sheath: Black Rayskin inlaid in hand-carved leather shoulder
  • Knife: A study in fine double edges, Amethystine is an elegant dagger with some unique features. The blade is tightly ground with a 3" diameter contact wheel, and the grind terminations are full, that is completely (180 degree) radiused into the profile of the blade. This is a very difficult grind to create and finish well. The steel is mirror finished 440C high chromium martensitic stainless steel for the greatest longevity and beauty of any stainless tool steel. The guard is fully sculpted, (and with the pommel) is made of diffusion welded copper and nickel silver. This is a complicated process, and the union of the two metals is complete on the atomic level; they are fused into a solid billet, yet retain their individual characteristics. The handle is Lace Amethyst gemstone spaced with nickel silver spacers, hand-carved, fluted, and wrapped with sterling silver half-bead gallery wire in graceful twists. The ferrules are sterling silver rope twist, and the pommel capstone is a solid Amethyst crystal cabochon, domed and polished. To illustrate how difficult the construction is of this type of handle, it's composed of over 40 individual pieces, all fitted and finished together. The stand I chose to accent the knife is a unique piece of Ponderosa Pine burl, smoothed and oiled, mounted to a routed and finished Red Oak base. The dagger is anchored into the base like a king on a throne of this natural burl.
  • Sheath: The sheath was custom ordered for this knife, and came later than the construction of the knife and stand, a great addition to the beautiful ensemble. This is a complicated sheath with 55 individual pieces and components! I hand-carved this custom sheath in 9-10 oz. leather shoulder, and inlaid the sheath with 35 individual inlays of black rayskin, in a symmetrical pattern throughout, even in the double-row stitched belt loop. The sheath body has front windows to display the beautiful finish on the polished stainless steel blade, and the retaining strap (with 9 rayskin inlays) is spiral wrapped to echo the wire wrapping of the handle and secured with two nickel plated steel snaps. The sheath is hand-stitched with black nylon and dyed a deep purple to compliment the amethyst handle, and is sealed and buffed for longevity.
  • This was a great project, and wonderful to revisit it to add the custom sheath!

Thanks, J. S.!

Jay,
The sheath compliments the dagger perfectly.

--J.


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"Amethystine" dagger details. dagger has fine lines, great point, beautiful and challenging 180 degree radiused grind terminations. Handle is elegant and strong with tough gemstone and metal components "Amethystine" dagger, side view. Dagger stands in protected round of interesting burl wood, chosen for its throne-like and natural appearance "Amethystine" dagger, handle detail. Handle is made up of 40 individual pieces "Amethystine" dagger, pommel view. Solid Amythyst crystal caps the diffusion welded copper and nickel silver pommel "Amethystine" dagger, sheathed view. Sheath has windows to blade, spiral retaining strap, all full inlays throughout "Amethystine" dagger, custom sheath back. Even double row stitched belt loop has multiple symmetrical inlays of rayskin in hand-carved leather shoulder.   "Amethystine" reverse side view. Dagger and sheath are complimentary, with rich purple sheath and black rayskin inlays "Amethystine" dagger custom sheath front detail. Windows and inlays match, compliment the mirror polished blade "Amethystine" dagger custom sheath mouth detail. Hand-carved leather shoulder is thick and strong, 9-10 oz. dyed and sealed "Amethystine" dagger, custom sheath retainer detail. Straps are inlaid with 9 pieces of black rayskin, secured with nickel plated steel snaps "Amethystine" point detail. Blade is high chromium mirror polished 440C stainless steel. Sheath is thick and tough with full welts.

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