How to choose a quality gift knife?
Handmade author's knives are usually created in a single copy or produced in limited editions. An exclusive gift will be especially valuable if you select product with an unusual handle or with an original blade.
Comfortable and beautiful handles.
Gift knife has an aesthetic and practical function. Hunting knives handmade can be used for its intended purpose, and not just put on the shelf as a souvenir. Masters, who work with expensive knives, try to make the shape of the handle comfortable, so that the knife can work efficiently. Materials for the handle and steel blade are selected in accordance with the stylistic idea of the author. For example, titanium is combined with blackwood, and steel with ebony. For the handle often use strong and beautiful wood: black hornbeam; Karelian birch; ebony; African blackwood. For great hardness and a pleasant texture, the authors love the processed root walnut. The wooden parts of the handle are combined with metal inserts or base. Metal is selected by color and performance. Professional knives, intended as a gift, contain inserts, made of titanium, in the handle. Handles are decorated with inserts of mammoth tusk. Popular is the author's wood carving or bones.
The sheath for the blade is made of quality leather, decorated with carvings or embossed. Keep the author's knife should be only in the sheath. Strong and durable sheath have a double stitch on the edge. Premium knives are often decorated with hand engraving and carving on the handle.
Steel for the blade
A good knife as a gift can be buy relatively inexpensive. The price depends on the subtlety of the author's work and on the materials that included in the product. For the blade usually take stainless steel. Damascus steel is a good choice in terms of price, beauty and functionality. Subtle patterns characteristic of the surface of Damascus steel, themselves already adorn the slopes of the blade. In addition, many authors use cast or engraved jewelry, most often they are applied to the heel. Even tourist knives, not to mention the gift ones, serve with such a blade for a long time and without fail. The souvenir knife rarely comes in contact with water, raw meat or fish, it is almost never used for cutting hard materials, bones or wood. However, quality steel is a necessary attribute of a valuable gift. Even if the knife will not be used, the owner will be pleased to know that he was presented not just a toy, but real military weapons from high-quality and expensive materials.
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The dagger is made in the form of a Roman short sword – gladius. Blade is Damascus steel. Scabbard is all-metal, covered with red leather, decorated with gold pins. Ornamental pattern on the dagger is designed in Roman style.