Posted by Alex K on 27th Feb 2018
This handmade knife belongs to DKC's animal series of knives which either look precisely like certain animals or simply approximate various characteristics of an animal. Bumble Bee's striped black and yellowish white stripes do a good job of approximating that particular flying insect. The scales of the handle are composed of alternating strips of bone that are attached to the knife frame by brass pins. These alternating segments line up well so that there are no gaps between them and are almost completely flush with each other. They are also flush with the frame all the way around. All ten brass pins are flush with the surface of the handle's bone scales. The knife sports decorative file work on the handle's spine which is again flush with the knife's brass frame. The handle allows for a fairly good grip but there is no finger guard so you have to be careful with this one.
The Damask steel bolster is held in place by two recessed screws, one of which also serves as the blade's pivot joint. The dagger style blade is made of high carbon Damask steel and has a nice watery pattern (this is going to vary from knife to knife). The completely straight and well oiled blade has no visible defects, scratches or rust. There is some decorative jimping on the spine of the blade near the bolster to improve grip. The edge is wide and sharp, without any nicks or burrs. The knife can be opened one-handed using a brass thumb knob screwed into the blade. The blade locks solidly into place and is held there by a liner lock mechanism. Once fully opened, the blade is very stable with absolutely no play. The blade is unlocked by simply pressing the liner lock bar on the bottom of the handle thereby allowing the blade to be returned to it's place inside the handle.
The knife is accompanied by an attractive handmade leather sheath made of thick, high quality, full grain brown leather. The knife fits into the sheath nicely, perhaps a bit snug (this resolved itself after I oiled the sheath). The knife is held in place with a perfectly sized leather flap that goes over the knife and snaps onto the body of the sheath. No need to wrestle and tug to get the flap snapped in place. The antique brass snap functions well. The sheath has a strip of leather riveted to it's backside which allows one to wear it on a belt.
Overall this is a well functioning, nicely crafted and very attractive handmade knife that I'm glad to have in my collection.
Posted by Richard from Dallas on 3rd Dec 2016
Always wanted a damascus knife. This one is a real looker. It was a little stiff at first....called DKC..and what they explained was correct. The knife needs to be open/closed used a bunch of times to get it going. Kind of like my old body..ha ha. Any way..nice knife, good company, plan to buy another..well perhaps more..the more I look the more I want !
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