Carved Ivory Dagger
The transition from handle to guard to blade needs to be as smooth
as possible to keep the eye moving around the entire piece. The
visual movement created by the Damascus pattern in the blade is
transformed by the carving of the ricasso. This carving continues
the movement created by the flowing design of the guard that in
turn highlights the carving of the steel spacer and fossil ivory
handle. The 14k gold bands offer brief areas for the eye to rest.
The three parts of the knife: color, texture, and shape are all
important, and each is addressed in this dagger.