A modern bladesmith rooted in the old traditions

Ayasugi Dagger

This dagger is part of the first international exhibition of contemporary bladesmiths held at the Macau Museum of Art: The Masters of Fire.

I feel privileged to have one of my pieces being selected for this unique opportunity organized by António Conceição Júnior.

This is a special project made of 1050, 1095 and 15N20 steel. Folded to about 100 layers and then manipulated to generate a pattern that will imitate the AYASUGI hada of the GASSAN school of Japanese swordsmiths of which I have been particularly fond. Cable damascus guard and pommel and stabilized California buckeye burl handle. The blade is 9 1/2 inches and the overall length is 14 inches.