THIS IS WHAT I WRITE THE FIRST TIME I MADE ONE OF THESE: "This was a great project! I found a nice new "gauche dagger" made with a stainless steel blade and a good solid brass guard and pommel. The handle grip was polished wood that looked pretty, but was impractical. I sanded down the wood and covered it with tooling leather. I added leather strips under the covering to create the ridges. I wet the leather and molded and trimmed it to fit the grip. Since the grip tapers in two directions, this took a while! When I was satisfied with the fit, I applied glue, positioned the leather and wrapped it tightly with cord, covering the whole grip. This ensured the leather would mold to the grip, and provided a very cool texture to the grip once it dried. I then trimmed, and dyed the leather, following it with a final finish of Leather Balm with Atom Wax. I'm very pleased with how it came out!
I then made the leather dagger sheath with an accompanying belt hanger (frog). The frog is made of heavy vegetable tanned leather and holds the dagger at an appropriate angle for a right handed person to cross draw. The sheath is made from the same strap leather split to a thinner weight, dyed black, and fitted with a brass stud to secure it to the frog. It is hand stitched."
Since I wrote that, I have made quite a few of the daggers. They have become very popular! I still make them exactly the same way, one at a time. The process takes about four days, total.
The Dagger: The dagger is 12 1/2" long, including a 7 3/4" stainless steel blade, and weighs 9 ounces. The pommel and guard are solid brass and grip is wood covered with my hand wrapped leather. The blade is sharpened and polished. The dagger was made in Pakistan. There is as stamp on the blade to that effect. It should polish off, but I left it there so as not to obscure the origin of the blade.
The Sheath: The dagger sheath is made of 6-7 ounce tooling leather, and fits the blade, perfectly. It is hand-stitched. The brass stud prevents the sheath from dropping through or pulling out of the frog without using an inappropriate-looking snap. The tip of the sheath is a double layer of leather. The sheath is dyed with Fiebing's USMC Black
The Frog: The frog holds the sheath at a good angle for cross-draw, and is sized for a 1 1/2" belt. (Just let me know if you wear a wider belt, and I will modify accordingly.) The body of the frog is heavy (about 5/16" thick) strap leather and the straps are lighter weight leather of the same type. The straps are secured with antiqued brass rivets. It is dyed with Fiebing's Pro Dye Dark Brown. Other colors are available. Just ask!
Lead time is generally about a week, since I keep a few of the daggers on hand. Occasionally, I will get several orders at once and have to get more knives. so check with me if time is of the essence.
I don't sell knives to anyone under the age of 18. If you order, you are attesting that you are at least 18 years of age.
Payment accepted through Etsy. Sales tax collected for sales in Florida.
Items are sent via US Postal Service via First Class mail. Items that may be shipped flat (cuffs, barrettes, etc) go in a padded envelope. Other items mail in a box. Shipping is done Monday through Saturday, before noon, so Sunday orders go out Monday.
Returns accepted only after appropriate communication. (Let me know what's wrong and give me a chance to fix it for you.) No returns after 15 days or if item has been used or altered. Refunds will not include shipping costs. Sales of custom made items are final.
I make all of my items one at a time, so custom work is always an option. Drop me a line and we will discuss what you need.
Feb 11, 2021
Great product! Steve was excellent about informing me of my order every step of the way. Shipping was super fast, and the item is exactly as described. Thank you, Steve!
Feb 5, 2021
Just awesome, thank you so much!
Oct 31, 2020
Steve did a great job putting this together and getting it out for me. Product well represented and highest of quality shows through his workmanship. I had some questions about recommended care, Steve responded quickly. The blade had a country of origin name on it, Steve was able to remove that for me per my request and I can’t even tell it was there. Thank you Steve & keep up the splendid work!!
Nov 6, 2019
Beautiful piece of work!!