Vapor-XL Persian Knife


May 27, 2009, 06:11 PM
Hey guys! I'm Taka...Eric Draven's apprentice.

I've been lurking around here for a while now, and I figured for my first post, I'd show off one of the knives I just finished.

This one is called the Vapor-XL...a four fingered version of my original Vapor (which was a 3 fingered ring knife).

It's made of 1095 steel, double zero ground, curly maple handle scales, mosaic pins, stippled "sirror" finish (cross between mirror and satin finish), and mad sharp.

This is the first one I've made with this kind of finish, and the first (for me) to have wood handle scales. So, I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out.

But, I wanna know what you think. I welcome your comments, and opinions. Thanks for looking. ;)

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May 27, 2009, 06:24 PM
Welcome. :)

I like that blade shape pretty well.

With the shadow, it's hard to get a good feel for what those handles actually look like. Did you stain them, or...?

Say hi to Eric for me. Haven't talked to him in a while.


May 27, 2009, 06:43 PM
What is the ring on the end supposed to be for.

May 27, 2009, 07:00 PM
Thanks for the compliments. ;) The pictures just do not do this knife the justice it deserves.

The wood is Dyed Curly Maple. I didn't do it, although I wish I knew I honestly have no idea how they make it look like that, but it's freakin sweet, IMO. :) It has a kind of 3-D look to it.

The ring is just for added retention and stability when you have it in your hand. :)

May 27, 2009, 09:14 PM

Let us see a closeup of the inch on each side of the ricasso.

Stand it up on it's spine so we can see the shoulders of the grind.

That tells you 90% about the skills of a knifemaker in those 2 inches.

Good looking knife. Nice blade shape. Interesting stippling for decoration. I hope your sheath has folded thermoplastic in it because that sharp looking little critter won't stay corralled in that laced up sheath otherwise.

You fellas going to come to Blade this weekend?

May 27, 2009, 09:26 PM
That is one awesomely badass knife! awesomely beautiful too

May 27, 2009, 09:42 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback, guys. :) I'll have to see about getting more pics for you guys. I'll go get some pics right now for ya.

May 27, 2009, 10:05 PM
hso???.....Is this what you requested????

Eric Draven
May 28, 2009, 12:23 AM
There's the requested pics fellas. I know I know....its badass. Yep, I am her teacher. *feels proud* :D

Hello to you JS...Call me whenever brother, I'm here. :) That goes for you too HSO.

May 28, 2009, 09:56 AM
I do like the blade shape and the execution of the knife! The grind looks VERY well executed, and the handle's a great piece of work.

To me, though, the sheath is inadequate. It doesn't LOOK like it belongs to that knife.

I'd have trouble keeping it sheathed anyway, though. Just sit there staring at it...

Overall, very nice work!


May 28, 2009, 10:31 AM
Beautiful work!

Eric Draven
May 28, 2009, 02:33 PM
Thanx for the kind words fellas.

As for the sheath is more than adequate, it is 9oz latigo leather sewnup with Kangaroo lace....the same lace we use on our whips. Its an incredible and strong lace. The sheath is tight and easy to use. Personally I think it works perfectly. :)

May 28, 2009, 03:29 PM
Eric, Taka,

The knife looks great. The shoulders on the grind are nicely done.

The sheath concerns me. I have trouble with any leather sheath that doesn't have rivets, end welt leather spacer or a synthetic liner. Just makes me concerned about slipping and falling and having it jammed through that hide and into mine.

May 28, 2009, 03:58 PM
I'd be more comfortable with Kydex, but I'd also be afraid that pretty knife might get scratched in a Kydex sheath.

May 28, 2009, 05:01 PM
I would be more than happy to make a kydex sheath for the person who purchases it. As long as they understand that kydex will scratch those high polished bevels. :)

Eric Draven
May 28, 2009, 05:31 PM
And I'm sure if someone bought it and wanted the sheath riveted Just in Case, she would do it. No problemo....that kinda stuff is simple to do. It doesnt really cause us any concern cuz we can make it any way someone wants. Occasionally when someone buys a knife from us, they request little changes....its easy to do.
I once helped a guy who bought one of my knives adjust his kydex over the phone with a hairdryer. LOL.

May 28, 2009, 06:03 PM
I have no expertise in the making of these things, only in their using.

Even so, I have to say that's a superbly executed piece.

Nicely done.

May 28, 2009, 08:41 PM
Thank you for the positive feedback, well as all your concerns. :) I really appreciate it.

May 28, 2009, 09:16 PM
You really should consider going to Blade if not this year, next.

A female knifemaker would get tons of attention.

May 28, 2009, 09:22 PM
We actually do have plans on going next year, for sure. This year was just a bust, as I'm sure a lot of you have experienced the same thing. Definitely going to Blade West this year, though. :)

May 28, 2009, 09:27 PM
Lined kydex avoids the scratching problem. Just cut it to the shape of the sheath so that it folds around the point and then line it with synth suede or even velcro loop material. Punch a couple of holes for drainage and you're good to go.

In this case, though, I'd recommend a skeletonized steel sheath with maple inserts to cradle the blade. Replicate the pattern of the blade in the sheath.

May 28, 2009, 09:58 PM
Thats sweet! I LOVE the curly maple and mosaic pins. That finish is outstanding!

May 28, 2009, 10:08 PM
Thank you, Rob. :) You know I always appreciate your 2 cents. ;)

May 28, 2009, 10:48 PM
Welcome and nice knife Taka!

How long have you been grinding?

May 28, 2009, 10:59 PM
I like the design of it alot ;) You did real good!!

May 28, 2009, 11:08 PM
Thanks, guys.

Valkman... I've been at this for about a year now...I think...maybe a bit longer than that. *shrugs* I haven't made many. Probably about 10 or so total, in between the other weapon stuff that I make. :D

May 28, 2009, 11:48 PM
I sure couldn't have made that in one year, but learning under another knifemaker is the only way to go!

May 31, 2009, 12:39 AM
Right you are, Don. Having Eric around has been my saving grace. ;)
I've managed to avoid mistakes that he made when he first started, and that in itself is a BIG help. :D

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