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David Broadwell WIP "Dagger of Light"....

Discussion in 'Custom & Handmade Knives' started by rbslaughter1, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. rbslaughter1


    Feb 15, 2006
    A few weeks back when Steven asked that forum members post some of our work by David Broadwell as a tribute, I mentioned that I would be doing a WIP thread soon on a recently completed dagger.. This project took about 2 years total, and I would like to give you a look at both the process, and finished piece.. David's comments will be in quotation marks...

    "The blade was completely carved before heat treating, then the bevels were ground. I fitted a block of stainless steel that will become the guard to the blade, and I've bored the mammoth ivory to slip over the tang."

    "I've fitted the ivory to the curved back of the guard and roughed in a stainless finial. The finial is threaded to the end of the tang and holds the knife together. I have also ground the guard closer to its shape."

    "This is a close up of the handle showing the rough shapes. Still a long way to go!

    "The guard's shape has been refined and it is now ready to be carved. The finial has been turned to its final shape. I've penciled in the shape and carving pattern to the ivory."

    "This close up gives a better view of the guard and what I plan to do with it."

    "You can see here that I have already carved the basic elements onto the ivory, and have begun carving the steel guard."

    (Finished Handle Shot) "Now you can compare the roughed in guard with the finished parts on the knife."

    "The handle parts are all but finished, so it's time to finish the blade. The plan for this knife was to etch only the bevels to show the damascus pattern. The fuller and other carved elements, as well as the texture, were to be left as satin polished surfaces. I discussed this with Chad Nichols last year, emphasizing that there would be no room for error in his welding. I needed his damascus to look like any straight stainless steel in these areas, and that I would put many hours into the blade before I heat treated it and ground the bevels. Chad was a little antsy, but believed he could do it. I wasn't expecting perfection, but I needed to know that he was reasonably confident in his abilities to produce flaw free damascus. Chad did not let me down!"

    "All of the components in the handle are completed now. All that needs to be done is instal my identification button."

    "(Carving Shot) This shows the carving of the ivory on the back side. You can also see the technique I used on the finial and some of the texturing on the guard."
  2. rbslaughter1


    Feb 15, 2006
    Thanks for doing all those progress shots as you went along David! I was stoked to find them in my inbox now and then, and it was exciting to see the "Dagger of Light" taking shape... Now for the finale folks. Here are two photo's of the finished piece, both makers side, and reverse side are shown.



    Best Regards to All... Thanks so much David for such a beautiful dagger..
    Rich slaughter
  3. bluejaunte


    Sep 1, 2006
    Holy moly! That's fantastic. Classic Broadwell design elements and the etched/satin contrast really gives it another level of interest.

    Congrats on a fine dagger!
  4. Jon Brand

    Jon Brand Gold Member Gold Member

    May 28, 2007
    Wow thats a fantastic dagger. And chad did a great job with the steel. This is one of my favorite or David's knives i've seen.
  5. Lorien

    Lorien Moderator Moderator

    Dec 5, 2005
    that's just amazing:eek:
  6. braillediver

    braillediver Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 6, 2007
    It looks organic like it grew and not made.


    Is there or will there be a sheath?
  7. Charles Vestal

    Charles Vestal KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 22, 2004
    Absolutely Fabulous Dagger, Congrats

    Thanks for allowing us a look.

  8. xaman

    xaman Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    Oh man, I don't think I'm exaggerating when I say that's as pretty of a blade as I've ever seen. It's just perfect in my book. Congrats!!!
  9. Murray White

    Murray White Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 17, 1999
    great looking dagger Rich. you really need to create a photo album online to show your incredible collection
  10. Doug C

    Doug C

    Mar 15, 2005
    Quite a dagger, great carving throughout.
    It is beautiful.
    Congrats and thanks for sharing, Rich ! :thumbup:

  11. Bruce Bump

    Bruce Bump KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Dec 2, 1999
    Now thats a transformation! A work of art from a true "Artist"
    Thanks for posting. Short and Sweet.
  12. tntbegg


    May 27, 2003
    That is just beautiful.
  13. peterinct


    Dec 13, 1999
    WOW...what a pleasure to see that transformation from crude to a work of art.

    Many thanks to Rich and David for taking the time to show it.

  14. RogerP

    RogerP Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    That is just absolutely beautiful. True elegance from end to end.

  15. gak


    Jul 16, 2007
    Sick! :thumbup:
  16. dz farias

    dz farias

    Mar 25, 2007
    I have followed the work of David Broadwell, and all are magnificent, hard to find adjectives to praise, so applaud.


    I'm sorry for any clerical error, using a translator.
  17. B . Buxton

    B . Buxton

    Jul 8, 2001
    WOW, absolutely amazing.

  18. JParanee

    JParanee Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    I am not a big fantasy dagger fan

    But and it is a big but this is a fantastic piece that might be if not my favorite dagger one of my favorite daggers of all time. The sculpting of the blade and handle are cool as hell

    Congrats on a work of art
  19. hmarziali


    Sep 1, 2005
    wow :eek: Amazing work !!! as always.

    Congrats David.

  20. John White

    John White

    Jun 23, 2007
    Beautiful design, wonderfully carved. It is truly a pleasure to see.


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