Welcome to the forum vorpalsnick! Very interesting picks for your first blades, I always like to see that. My first were a 15" BAS and a Baby VCAK. Then a 20" Kobra, which is just plain fun to use. It's more like a short sword in my opinion... Nice Curved Spine Bookie! The marking looks like Thamar's swastika, but I'm not sure how long he's been around/how old that knife is. Please correct me if I'm wrong.