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Scored this beauty at an Estate Sale yesterday. After some price bickering I managed to pick it up for $25. I know absolutely nothing about it other than it appears to be custom made. It has no makers mark anywhere on it. It is a full tank with perfect handle fit and finish. The grind seems to be professionally done and it is razor sharp. What intrigues me most is the blade coloring. Looks like either heat or oil type coloring with browns to blues to purples as it moves through light.
Just wondering if anyone has seen any like this. What do you guys think?

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heat blush finish,probably by the look of it, carbon steel, but you would have to spark test it to figure that out. nice looking score in any case.
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heat blush finish,probably by the look of it, carbon steel, but you would have to spark test it to figure that out. nice looking score in any case.
Thanks GX, I was hoping you would chime in on this. Really hard to capture the color change as you move it through the light. I've seen these before but this is the first one I've ever owned. What is the procedure to spark test without damaging the blade?

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Thanks GX, I was hoping you would chime in on this. Really hard to capture the color change as you move it through the light. I've seen these before but this is the first one I've ever owned. What is the procedure to spark test without damaging the blade?

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there is none.you got to grind a spot to check the size of the spark, color and size denotes carbon content..... you could, if you really had to know the material, find a NDT lab and have it annualized, but that would be expensive. Be better to just enjoy it for what it is, a mystery well made custom blade.you say you got it in a estate sale, doesn't have mars on it from use, and the blush isn't worn off, next gun and knife show you have close to that area, carry it there, some of the small knife maker's that go to the local shows can probably ID the work........
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The estate sale was at a very nice home in a ritzy neighborhood. I'm thinking the owner was probably gifted it and never used it. I'm thinking I'll probably never use it as I have plenty of others that I use. Just put it in my collection.

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What a beautiful knife, Damascus. When you get the chance, would you post a pic of the spine, as well as one with it next to a ruler?

Now not to be critical, but IMO, an unused knife is a wasted knife. It appears to be decent enough to field dress multiple sizes of harvests.
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As requested. The spline measures just a hair over 1/8".

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Reminds me of a few galloways I've had and seen over the years. I'm thinking it's probably a custom made knife. Someone probably commissioned it and thought it was too beautiful to use. Look like it's one stout of a knife!
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You did good on that deal. Nice looking knife.
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I picked up a similar apparently hand made knife a couple summers ago at a garage sale, maybe a few dollars, hand made blade I picked up for maybe a few dollars was very well crafted. Has a D and an arrow point stamped in the blade. Dunno who made it. Great beautiful little knife though, well balanced, full tang, razor sharp. Very well made from the feel. Small blemish in the blade spine. The sheath is leather and poorly made, low end, not much skill. Tells me it was a hand made deal.
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Do yourself a favor an try out how it cuts. A lot of tool makers in shops all around tinker with making knives on their downtime in the shop. That means they set aside some expensive/great steel known as drops (unused waist) for their knives often. Your new custom knife may have superior steel that the knives you are currently using. Since you gota deal on it anyway so if it is not up to par just park it in the collection. If you have never owned a one off custom or custom knife they are often superior but you want know if you do not try it out.

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This knife appears to have never been used, maybe for a reason, I don't know. I think I will just take for what it appears. A custom made knife, possibly commissioned by someone. As for using it I have many, many other fixed blades that I could use. Think I'm just gonna park it in my collection and describe it as Goblin stated, " a mystery custom made knife.". I'm sure I'll pull it out from time to time to admire and show off. I do think I'll take it to a few gun & knife shows just to see if anyone recognizes it. Good suggestion.

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This knife appears to have never been used, maybe for a reason, I don't know. I think I will just take for what it appears. A custom made knife, possibly commissioned by someone. As for using it I have many, many other fixed blades that I could use. Think I'm just gonna park it in my collection and describe it as Goblin stated, " a mystery custom made knife.". I'm sure I'll pull it out from time to time to admire and show off. I do think I'll take it to a few gun & knife shows just to see if anyone recognizes it. Good suggestion.

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That's a good plan. Probably do the same for mine, but it's tempting to carry it it's so neat and well made.
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