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San Mai Damascus Dagger

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by Bambara, Mar 26, 2017.

  1. Bambara


    Nov 5, 2010

    Hello everybody!
    Just finished.

    Blade: Robert Calcinore San Mai Damascus heat colored with Brownells Nitre Blue salts.
    Dimensions 9" x 25/32" x 7/32"
    Overall length: 14"

    Mammoth ivory
    Sterling silver
    14K gold
    Freshwater pearls

    Any comments/critique/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for looking


  2. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    incredible piece, Vlad!
  3. BFS

    BFS Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 14, 2004
    As usual, spectacular.
  4. fishface5

    fishface5 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 3, 2001
    Holy cow! That is some serious attention to detail! Great work!
  5. Middle Peninsula

    Middle Peninsula

    May 13, 2015
    My goodness Vlad. You are the Michelangelo of pig stickers. May I ask, since I'm not into the manufacturing side of blades -- just an end user, how many man hours and monetary expense in materials was this venture?
  6. Bambara


    Nov 5, 2010
    Thank you all for your kind words!
    It's difficult to estimate how many hours exactly it took me to make this dagger. It usually takes me about a month or so to make a knife. However, it's not a full time job. I typically spend 2-3 hours almost every evening in my shop/studio on weekdays and half a day or so on weekends (unless my wife drags me out shopping). The materials cost about $600.
  7. T.K.C.


    May 7, 2005
    That is out of this world!! WOW!! :)
  8. its_classic


    Feb 13, 2017
    That is absolutely incredible.

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  9. paneraica


    Mar 4, 2011
    Lovely workmanship. Any sheath for it?

  10. Bambara


    Nov 5, 2010
    Thanks! There is no sheath. I was thinkg to make a display stand.
  11. BladeScout

    BladeScout Basic Member Basic Member

    May 16, 2010
    Just beautiful.

    (Uh-ohh, you said San Mai;))
  12. Mark Behnke

    Mark Behnke

    Apr 16, 2008
    I aspire to make knives like yours, a major inspiration.
  13. Big Rick

    Big Rick

    Aug 11, 2009
    Vlad, to my mind this is your best ever work. I agree it needs a stand to display this piece, it's far too nice to be covered up to be appreciated.
  14. Dawkind

    Dawkind Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 3, 2000
    Superior work my friend....I've still got one of the very first you made, ;)

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  15. Bambara


    Nov 5, 2010
    Thanks! Much appreciated! Half of the credit for the dagger should go to Robert Calcinore.
    I need to come up with a design for a stand.
  16. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    that must have taken forever to make ! excellence.

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