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Second String by CouteliersduValBlanc Second String by CouteliersduValBlanc
So named for another myriad of reasons, its the second made in our degressive grind profiles returning to the traditional archers maxim: One must always have more than on string to his bow. It's also a cue to our background as classical violinists, because of the curly maple on the handle (also named fiddleback maple because of its ample use in violin making). Being our first dagger it of course, a two edge blade.

It is in our up to now usual 01 steel, we'll be experimenting with others soon though. The handle is curly maple, the standard rivets are sterling silver, and the composite rivet is sterling silver and indian rosewood. The blade come close to 6 inches of slim and stabby goodness.
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RavenForge Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
What a lovely piece. You don't see many daggers with an asymmetrical handle, looks very comfortable to hold.
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Bee047 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Votre couteau est très élégant. Parfaitement le genre d'objet à exposer mais qui reste toujours utile. :aww:
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WilliamDeepfist Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
I want to throw this. In a respectful way. It seems as though it would feel nice and balanced in my hand.
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Ragimond Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
lov the curves
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elvinsteel Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes...to echo "chaos 1976"... most elegant and "useful"
beautiful.
May I add the photo to my design portfolio?
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mnshortdraw Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
The grind on this blade is really neat. Was it media blasted afterwards?
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Wasn't media blasted, we just left it at a fairly low grit finish for a satin rather than polished finish.
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chaos1976 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very elegant, almost "Elvish" design. Love it!
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Iron-Eye Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi! - Amasing work, it has been featured here [link]
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! Thanks for the feature. And thanks for that little compilation of work as well, there are some really interesting pieces in there that I hadn't stumbled upon here on DA. Good digging job.
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Iron-Eye Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
My girlfriend refers to it as "metal porn" as im always scrolling through the d.a archives looking for inspiration!
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ah! Excellent, I usually call it craftsman's porn.
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orngeturtl Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
looks wicked. very cool lines
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TheRint Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Is this item for sale, by any chance?
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It is, you can get the info through our website. I try not to talk dollars on DeviantArt, but if you contact us through our site, a transaction can be arranged.
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zeag1273 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
do you use any kind of jigs to grind your bevels or do you free hand them? if you do use a jig what kind and how do you get them so symmetrical?
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's a bit of a complicated affair. We spent a lot of time smattered over four years figuring out how to grind the falling bevels. We built a jig taking some cues from a metal planer that works with individually cut out grind profile templates. It's considerably time consuming, involves a fair amount of guess work and rectification (especially in regards to symmetry, and there's still a ridiculous amount of it that happens relative to hand pressure and movement. So while it definately involves a jig, there's a lot of freehand elements to it.

Quite honestly, its all rather experimental. If we ever manage to get this built up in a fully functional and comprehensive way, we'll probably post specs up on our website. But in the meantime, we still regard it as a work in progress.
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Tharrk Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Sooooooo beautiful. I love knifes you make.
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous grind, well done. Everything you guys do's so clean.
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a bunch. The grind is the tricky part. It feels nice to see it's appreciated :)
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HundredHands Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Agreed, tricky indeed. Do you tend towards grinding belts or wheels? It looks soooooo even.
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Belts most of the time, if only because stone takes soooo long to get anything done and threatens to burn your steel at every turn. We do use stone but not in the form of wheels. When we use stone it`s in good old hand-grind stone format. Anything attached to a motor is usually belt or polishing buffs.

That said, we will use the occasional bench grinder, but only where modifying tools is concerned.
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Caiel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I'm in love.
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you like it!
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HaloBraker Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Nice if you where to add some weight to the end of that metal bit on the handle this would make an awesome throwing knife
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CouteliersduValBlanc Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Actually, the blade thins out so much that the balance is pretty centered despite the slim handle. However, throwing knives are usually very soft tempered, or not tempered at all, because a standard knife temper would render a thrower considerably brittle on impact with anything else than your target. Basically if you were to throw this and nick anything hard at all, the point would be likely to snap.

So as a general rule, slim and delicate isn't a winning combination for throwing knives, which you would tend to want to overbuild, if you want to get more than one good throw out of them.
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HaloBraker Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
ah ok cool ty for the info lol
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CanadianDesperado Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't usually like thin handled knives but the shape of this one speaks to me. I would love to get one of these.
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