Are these Knives a good deal?


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Russ Jackson
November 19, 2010, 03:18 PM
It says handmade. The quality looks great. They sell for under $150 most of the time. Even the sheaths look nice. What do you think? Look at some of his other stuff. ...Russ
http://cgi.ebay.com/Emanueles-1-OF-A-KIND-CUSTOM-DAMASCUS-BOWIE-KNIFE-/320617697123?pt=Collectible_Knives&hash=item4aa64dcf63

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james_bond
November 19, 2010, 03:25 PM
I have never heard of them but if you like the looks go for it. There is (almost) no way it is a fully hand made knife at that price. but it looks like a decent quality factory knife.
Are you looking for a collectors piece or a user blade?

Russ Jackson
November 19, 2010, 03:29 PM
I just saw them and could not believe the prices. Looks to good to be true. Previous buyers seem happy. I might buy one....Russ

StephanFowler
November 19, 2010, 03:58 PM
I would be very curious to know what the steel used in the blade is.

You couldn't buy the raw materials for that knife for that price

Russ Jackson
November 19, 2010, 04:03 PM
It says: Emanuele hand forged this beautiful blade with 1095 and 15N20 high carbon steels forged. Folded 8 Time to create 512 True Layers...Russ

rcmodel
November 19, 2010, 04:09 PM
Well they must be making them with slave labor in a third world country to sell them for that price!!

The file work alone, on any kind of steel & brass, would cost more then that to do.

rc

wheelgunslinger
November 19, 2010, 04:24 PM
maybe it's just a new guy trying to get his name out there with this product and gave the custom.knife user on eBay a sample to sell.

stan rose
November 19, 2010, 05:59 PM
It does look to good to be true, on the other hand I bought some knives from a guy just starting out who was not relying on his knife sales to make a living. They are great knives but he saw every flaw, under valued them, and did not count his time as an expense, it started as a hobby for him, so he basicly sold his knives to replace materials so he could make more.

hso
November 19, 2010, 06:23 PM
While I think the guard is all wrong, the knife is otherwise nice enough to take a risk on. Jump on it and let us know how the balance is.

It is marked as being from Italy, but that means nothing on Ebay from a London address. I can't imagine how it can be sold at that price if it the work isn't being done outside of Europe in West Asia or the African Med and then is brought to Italy for assembly.

Black Toe Knives
November 20, 2010, 06:09 AM
Well, I doubt this guy made these knives. These are the same type of knives they sell from India. I looks at 10's of thousands of knives a year. This is not a American influenced knife.

Dravur
November 20, 2010, 08:09 AM
Yep,

These look Indian or Paki made. The problem with these knives.... from what I have heard... is that they vary widely in heat treatment and that the grind lines are not all that good.

If those are actually made in Italy, I would eat one.

Stainz
November 20, 2010, 06:08 PM
Folded eight times is 256 layers. The fire welding of the layers of a small Indian Damascus blade I had was suspect - it was delaminating - the familiar mail order company gave me my money back - lesson learned.

A pedestrian Bowie in real Damascus from a large American maker - in Jax, AL (Bear MGC & Alabama Damascus) - could be had from SMKW in the $100-$150 range, depending on the blade length and handle. The sheath is nothing to write home about, but it is functional. Here is the one I bought for $100 a few years back, along with a then $172 Buck Custom Shop 110 and a then new $75 Kershaw Leek in more Alabama Damascus blade material:

http://s171.photobucket.com/albums/u307/Stainz_2007/IMG_0263.jpg

You get what you pay for. The Bear MGC Damascus bladed fixed knives are a good value, as I said - in a pedestrian sort of knife. Nothing fancy about the cocobolo, cow bone, or stag they use, either.

Stainz

Russ Jackson
November 20, 2010, 06:48 PM
Here is one of his new items. It is all metal. The close ups look pretty amazing. Even if it is slave labor the workmanship looks pretty good. I have never seen a knife like this....Russ
http://cgi.ebay.com/Felix-Franciscos-INTEGRAL-FORGED-damascus-dagger-knife-/320619805223?pt=Collectible_Knives&hash=item4aa66dfa27

Black Toe Knives
November 20, 2010, 07:17 PM
A very beautiful piece.

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