J. D. Smith & Joseph Shnayder   "AmerRuss"   Damascus Serpent Dagger

A collaboration between ABS master bladesmith, J D Smith, and jeweler, Joseph Shnayder,

this extraordinary work of art starts with 15N20 and 1084 steels forged to shape into a 7 1/2

inch, double-edged blade of finely and intricately patterned damascus. Three-dimensionally

carved and sculpted damascus quillion and pommel. Carved diamond-pattern African

blackwood grip with solid silver mounts encrusted with brilliant-cut diamonds and cabochon

garnets. Hand wrought sheath of solid silver being pairs of intertwined serpents on each side,

each with ruby eyes and bordered with acanthus-engraved edges, studded with diamonds at each

intersection. Cabochon garnets at tip. Overall length: 14 inches. Materials used, as listed by the

makers, include Blade: 15N20, 1084 steels, and modified "Turkish ribbon" core, high density

"WS" edges. Silver: 11.29 oz. Rubies: 8 round faceted, 0.64 carats total. Diamonds: 159 round

brilliant, 6.43 carats total. Garnets: 6 pear-shaped Mozambique cabochon. Handle: African

blackwood. In red velvet, satin and tan leather-lined case. Completed in 2011 and in new


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