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13" double-edged dagger, very sharp. Damascus steel is made by folding and forging the steel many times to create hundreds of tiny layers within the steel blade. A skilled craftsman can manipulate these layers to create patterns that go all the way through the blade. The pattern on this Stag Hilt Dagger is created by pleating the fire-softened, multi-layed metal in the final forging stage. Then the red-hot iron is hammered on an anvil to create its distinquive leaf blade shape. Grinding, polishing, and etching bring out all the beauty of the ripple design.
The hilt is made from the antler of a great elk. Each piece is selected for its color and texture then it is shaped and polished to bring out all of its natural beauty. This is a true work of blacksmith art that you will enjoy owning for ages.