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My latest... I tried a lot of new stuff on it, which mostly worked out.  I tried hard to minimize struggling edges...
15" dagger, midrib blade in Zanjir multibar pattern weld with turkish cores and explosion edges. Ball guard and wheel pommel in low layer pattern weld. Grip in "cage of bars" style with twisted pattern bars over leather wrapped walnut core, based an ancient hand and a half sword of Oakshotte XV typology. 
Through-tang peened construction with two-piece ferrules and peen block of parkerized iron. 21.5" overall, 1 lb. 8 oz. in weight.
 
Pics and a vid... hope you like!
 
 
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I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “exquisite”, but now is a good time to start!

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Everything on this piece is so interesting, from the ridge in the blade to the rose damascus pommel. But I keep coming back to that handle, the cage bars are so cool. I look at this whole knife and start going over "how'd he do that". Great dagger Salem, Thanks for sharing. 

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Been giving this the stankeye on Instagram for a while, and it was totally worth it.  I have yet to be completely impressed with the things you make Salem. This is an amazing piece of art.  It gets overused, but your work is quite inspirational.  

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24 minutes ago, Wes Detrick said:

  I have yet to be completely impressed with the things you make Salem. 

You meant "yet to Not be" right? :lol:

I saw this before work this morning and thought about it all day. I got home just a little bit ago and watched the video twice.... Damn it's a nice blade! 

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2 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

You meant "yet to Not be" right? :lol:

I saw this before work this morning and thought about it all day. I got home just a little bit ago and watched the video twice.... Damn it's a nice blade! 

I would also enjoy it if he meant it how it sounds... cause dang it I'm not completely impressed with what I make either!  Heck I guess if I ever completely impressed myself I'd have to quit, there'd be nothing left to do!  The fact that there's dudes to try to catch up to always pulls me on, plus this stuff is just fascinating on it's own merits...
Thanks for the comments guys, it's very encouraging to a hermit like me!

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2 hours ago, Zeb Camper said:

You meant "yet to Not be" right? :lol:

I saw this before work this morning and thought about it all day. I got home just a little bit ago and watched the video twice.... Damn it's a nice blade! 

HA!  Damn it, lack of proof reading strikes again.  Glad you caught that Zeb.

 

17 minutes ago, Salem Straub said:

I would also enjoy it if he meant it how it sounds... cause dang it I'm not completely impressed with what I make either!  Heck I guess if I ever completely impressed myself I'd have to quit, there'd be nothing left to do!  The fact that there's dudes to try to catch up to always pulls me on, plus this stuff is just fascinating on it's own merits...
Thanks for the comments guys, it's very encouraging to a hermit like me!

Sorry to disappoint Salem, but I meant it as Zeb said it; "I have yet to NOT be completely impressed". :)   But I get what you are saying.   You are one of those dudes to try catch up to for some of us.  

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This probably is my favourite piece of damascus that i have ever seen.

Most of the daggers where all parts are made of damascus seem to be very busy and distract from the knifes form in my mind, with this piece, even when there are a lot of different complex patterns it all seems to tie in with the daggers shape and work together.

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There is a story about a jazz pianist who went to see Art Tatum play.  When he got home he told his wife he was going to sell his piano because now he knew he would never be the best.  This kind of makes me feel that way.

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