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Cable Core Dagger

This is a rather interesting project. A very good friend asked me to make a dagger for him. I came up with an idea for a longish dagger (10.5 inches for the blade alone) with a piece of steel cable at the center surrounded by 1095 steel for the edges. I started up by welding a thin piece of cable (1/2 inch diameter) together. This particular cable has a tight strand pattern that looks really nice when etched. I shaped the cable like a bullet and sandwich it between two pieces of 1095 steel. The handle is made of a 4.5 inch piece of African blackwood carved with a knot pattern. The guard, ferrule and pommel are made of stainless steel.