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JD, I really like the handle. Nicely done,,,





The blade, elegant
Slicing through the sweet, warm breeze
with a precise hit.

Sam Wands (10 years old)

Gold for the merchant, silver for the maid;
Copper for the craftsman, cunning at their trade.
Good! Laughed the baron, sitting in his hall;
But steel---cold steel---shall be master of them all!

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that is a beaut of a dagger. I like the guard and handle. the blade is shaped wonderfully, and the pattern contributes without overpowering.


some day... if I keep drinking milk (and practice, practice, practice...).


thanks for the posting.



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J.D., congrats with yet an other beautiful example of your work.

As some of you people know I'm a great dagger fan and you are at the top of the heap when it comes to daggers (and at the top of my list for owning one). This dagger is no exception when it comes to showing the talents you have. This one has an understated beauty and elegance to it and it can be recognized from a mile away as being your work. In short I love it and I'm sure STeven will love this one too.



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That dagger is.....just.....MAGNIFICENT!!! :o I absolutely love everything about it!

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JD --


Your work is, as always, really impressive.


I've often admired the carving technique you use on handles such as this. It gives the appearance of being leather wrapped.


Do you think you could post the technique you use to create this carving?


Thanks for posting.




"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly." -- Theodore Roosevelt


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Elegant work. Where do you get the African Black wood from?

I'm guessing not Home Depot.



- the Student

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I got the Blackwood from a company out my way that makes flutes, piccolos and clarinets(Powell Flute) They sold me three large logs 10" in diameter by 4', pretty much a lifetime supply. They informed me that they were no longer processing the wood themselves, but were now getting it pre-cut and sized from a supplier. The logs had been in storage for almost 80 years!

The next time I've an ocasion to generate that "wrap' effect, I'll do a photo doc and post it. Thanks guys.


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Hey JD,


Great dagger as usual. I would love to see a tutorial on the "wrap" carving as well.


I had the chance to get my fingerprints all over several of your knives years ago at the Ashokan Seminar. I love how cohesive your designs are. I could pick out one of your knives driving by at 40 mph.





Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts.

B. Mussolini

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