This knife was a custom order in 2004, and the theme of the knife - the inspiration was the 1888 silver dollar that I affixed to the throat of the sheath. The number "8" is considered a lucky number in Chinese folklore, so we built a lucky Gambler's bowie inspired by the three 8's on the coin.
The blade was forged from W-2 and clay hardened. The Damascus used for the fittings was made from 8 bars of twisted 8/8 "W" pattern steel. So, 8-8-8. The handle is a beautiful piece of Sambar stag.
Photos by Sharp By Coop