HANDCRAFTED DOUBLE BLADE KNIFE BY ARTIST TOM GYWEN
Damascus double blade knife with a handle that is crafted from authentic antler and wood. It is then shaped to form the handle. The elk & brass & wood inlay handle measures 5" x 3/4". Each of the blades are 4" x 5/8". They do not lock in place and easily fold in and out of the handle. The beautiful bear image on the handle is very unique and made of sterling silver. This is heavy knife with lots of detail, a truly one of a kind.The case is made from leather and has a loop to wear it on a belt.
Blade: Damascus steel was the forged steel of the blades of swords smithed in the Near East from ingots of Wootz steel imported from Southern India and Sri Lanka. This was known as Sinhala Wane (Sinhala Steel). These swords are characterized by distinctive patterns of banding and mottling reminiscent of flowing water, or in a "ladder" or "teardrop" pattern. Such blades were reputed to be tough, resistant to shattering, and capable of being honed to a sharp, resilient edge. The steel is named after Damascus the capital city of Syria and one of the largest cities in the ancient Levant. It may either refer to swords made or sold in Damascus directly, or it may just refer to the aspect of the typical patterns, by comparison with Damask fabrics (also named for Damascus).