Fighting in the Crusades, you’re a chivalrous-yet-deadly knight atop a stately white steed, riding swiftly toward the enemy’s camp in shimmering suit-of-armor. The Pope’s trusted personal assassin, you calmly sneak into the Ottoman general’s tent as he sleeps. Quickly but silently you draw a shimmering, brass studded Damascus steel dagger and strike! In a matter of seconds you’ve returned the coveted Holy Land to your Church in Rome. When you wield the Damascus Crusader Bowie from Legends in Steel, it’s not so hard to picture yourself in such a scenario. The stout 4 1/2" blade is forged from stunningly beautiful Damascus steel - a fitting choice, given the storied metal's origins in the Near East around the time of the first Crusades. Skilled artisans produce our Damascus steel by hand in much the same way as those early Middle Ages metal smiths. High carbon steel is smelted, folded, hammer welded, quenched and acid etched dozens of times, yielding hundreds – even thousands – of striking, high contrast waves and whirls, as well as a resilient, razor sharp edge. The Crusader Bowie's handsome rosewood and redwood handle gracefully offsets the charming Damascus steel, and elegant brass studs and spacers accent the deep currant and rich tawny hues of the wood. There's no question - this impressive 9 1/4" knife is ideal for display and collecting, but its beefy full tang construction and carefully honed edge make it a serious, effective real world tool, as well. Housed in its included genuine leather sheath, the Damascus Crusader Bowie from Legends in Steel will last a lifetime and beyond, making it a terrific family heirloom, sure to be treasured for generations. You won't find a better price on fine Damascus steel knives like this anywhere else, so get two - one to use for day to day cutting tasks, and one to display on a mantle, bookshelf, curio case or any other setting that could use a touch of rustic elegance and grace.