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Trade Dagger

by Miller, James P.

SKU 1047304

Date Added 06/23/2022

# Available 1

Original price $495.00

Price $425.00


This Trade Dagger from J.P. Miller features a double edged blade with .163" blade stock and 2.326" blade, hidden/mortise tang construction. The handle has a a curly maple grip with mosaic pins and brass pins. Comes with a brown leather sheath with raw hide wrap. Excellent condition. 

This knife, made by James P. Miller of Fairbank, Iowa, is an exact copy of a Pre-1826, Northwest Company, Bayonet/dagger originally made in England and sold through the Northwest Company fur trade posts prior to their merger with the Hundson's Bay Company. The original relic knife this copy was made from was found near the banks of the Missouri river across from Fort Union, a major fur trade post of the American Fur Company, located on the upper  MissourRiver in what is now extreme Western North Dakota. This original relic knife now resides in a private collection. Mr. Miller was commissioned to make a copy of the knife by the owner of the original and made this copy as well. The knife is hand forged of high carbon steel by Mr. Miller and has a curly maple handle of the type common to this style of knife. 

Mr. Miller is a fur trade period reenactor and whie attending the Fort Union National Historic Site Rendezvous of 2008, he met and spoke with the owner of the original relic knife who then commissioned the copy to be made by Mr. Miller.

Product Details

Blade Length 7.25

Overall Length 14.25

Weight (oz) 12.7

Source Previously owned

Additional Specs

Knife Type Has Sheath, Mortise Tang, Tapered Tang

Blade Material Carbon Steel

Blade Details Dagger

Handle Material Metallic, Tusk & Tooth

About the Maker

Miller, James P.

J.P. Miller has been making knives in 1965 and Damascus since 1977. J.P. joined the Knifemakers Guild in 1982. He makes carbon steel knives using 1095 carbon steel. The carbon steel knives are made by using the stock removal method. The Damascus knives are all hand forged one at a time. I use two different combinations of carbon steel, 1095 + 01 and 1095 + 15N20. Damascus knives will have from 200 to 500 layers of steel. Only natural materials are used to create the handles.

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