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Memories of Tanzania Dagger #8322021 07/15/21 06:57 PM
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Just got my professional shots back this morning of this dagger I made for some special friends, and I thought y'all might like to see it.

We lived near these friends when we lived in Tanzania, so nearly every piece of this project has a Tanzania connection. The damascus pattern evokes carvings found on door frames along the coast. Handle is African Blackwood, a Tanzania native tree. The bronze pommel is patterned after spikes found on fancy doors in Zanzibar. The woven beads are common in Maasai jewelry, and in this case are woven in a zig zag motif common to Islamic art. The sheath throat also calls to mind arches of doorways in mosques and Islamic areas of the country. The goat leather came from a tannery near Mt Kilimanjaro that was down the road from me. I picked it up probably 15 yrs ago and have been saving it for something special. Even the ridges that hold the beads in place have some significance; they're made from hair ties I stole from my daughter, who was actually conceived at these friends' house while they were away and we were house sitting. That might be TMI...

Anyway, they're special folks. When they asked for a knife "to remember our time in Tanzania together by" I think they were thinking a kitchen parer or something, but this is what they're getting. I have a feeling they'll be surprised.

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Absolutely spectacular! I would consider this a family heirloom.

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Work of art......beautiful!


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Thats pretty awesome.



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That is incredible!!

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Holy smokes Travis. Amazing!! up


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Haven't seen you around for awhile Travis, hope your doing well...Awesome pattern!


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That is incredible!

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Wow!

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We are not worthy!


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Man good lord look at that thing. Beautiful

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Awesome job Jason!! Looks like practice for the Quillion Dagger.


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Originally Posted by Longhunter
Haven't seen you around for awhile Travis, hope your doing well...Awesome pattern!

I've been around. Around the world. Around the state. Around the house. But not as much around the shop. I never really stopped making knives, just stopped making as many and didn't post them here as often. Glad you still remember me!

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Awesome job Jason!! Looks like practice for the Quillion Dagger.

I'm the other Fry brother wink . But yes, you could call it practice for that. I like making daggers, and I like fluting and wire wraps. My plan is to make enough of them that by the time I actually get around to my testing, the dagger will be the easy part...

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Beautiful!


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Very nice sir !

I recently purchased one of your knives from a member here and can't wait to get it up in the mountains next hunting season.

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