Wondering what I have?


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ksninew
December 2, 2012, 12:57 PM
I would like to find out if there is anything interesting about this knife?

I got this knife at a charity auction. I'm not a knife guy but it was the only thing that looked cool to bid on.

There is a sticky coating on the blade. Can I try to clean it up or should it be left on?

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Piraticalbob
December 2, 2012, 06:37 PM
The coating was probably applied to prevent rust. If you remove it, you'll have to put something on in its place, or store it in a clean, dry place out of the sheath. Automobile paste wax works well to keep a blade from rusting.

The steel looks like good Damascus, and the handle treatment is well done; the sheath seems sturdy enough. I'm unhappy about those gut hooks on the blade; the one on the top of the blade seems to be facing the wrong way for a hunter's gut hook. Is the one on the bottom a line cutting notch of some sort? I'd have wished for a blade unadorned by such frippery, but it was an auction, and you take what you get.

There seems to be some sort of maker's mark on the sheath, on the snap. What does it say?

ksninew
December 2, 2012, 08:29 PM
Thanks for the information.

The snap on the sheath has the State of Oklahoma seal on it.

hso
December 2, 2012, 09:54 PM
Don't do anything to it.

Sorry, I hope you didn't pay much for it. The sad probability is that it isn't a quality piece and it is like the knives made in central asia and sold on ebay like most of these - http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l2632&_nkw=damascus+knife&_sacat=1401&_from=R40

JTW Jr.
December 2, 2012, 10:47 PM
Any maker who would make a knife from quality damascus is going to mark the blade with his name , logo or initials for sure. Are there no markings on it at all ?

One can not "look" at damascus and determine if it is good or not.

Quality damascus will run you $15 - $30 an inch on average for 1 1/2 wide by 5/32 thick. The fancy stuff like raindrop and fireball will be more.

rcmodel
December 3, 2012, 01:31 PM
I'm thinking the weird "gut-hooks that aren't" are either a 3rd world fashion statement?

Or an attempt to salvage a sub-par Damascus blade with bad welds or slag inclusions by just grinding them out with a cut-off wheel.

rc

CWL
December 3, 2012, 08:38 PM
Agree. IF that knife came from Spain, it got there by way of Pakistan.

ksninew
December 3, 2012, 11:00 PM
Any maker who would make a knife from quality damascus is going to mark the blade with his name , logo or initials for sure. Are there no markings on it at all ?

One can not "look" at damascus and determine if it is good or not.

Quality damascus will run you $15 - $30 an inch on average for 1 1/2 wide by 5/32 thick. The fancy stuff like raindrop and fireball will be more.
I can't find any markings on it.

Thanks everyone for helping me figure out what I have. I think it's something
that my grandson would enjoy having.

Spinner
December 5, 2012, 04:20 PM
Not trying to be rude, but it looks to me like a pretty fancy bottle opener.

I don't think I'd be tempted to try and use it as a knife .... in fact I'd be inclined to make sure the edges aren't sharp at all.

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