Steel: Y8A, XBG, WX-15
Overall length: 265 mm
Blade length: 145 mm
Blade thickness: 4,5 mm
Weight: 120 g
Handle: 120 mm
Hardness: 54°RC - 58°RC
Incl.: leather sheath and wooden box
"Although the center of the Russian knife industry is located in Zlatoust in the Urals, one of the best damask smithy of Mother Russia has settled in St. Petersburg.
Thirty years ago, the trained blacksmith Vladimir Ivanov was made aware of his grandfather's famous Pavel Anosov from Zlatoust and his book on damask forging.
Without any practical guidance, Vladimir, as an autodidact, ventured to tackle the subject and made more and more of his demands on himself and his abilities.
When selecting the steels, he was advised by metallurgist Professor Igor Taganov.
Today, by default, Vladimir blurs four Russian steels, one bearing steel, one spring and two tool steels. With a carbon content of up to 1.05% and low chromium content, its blades are not corrosion resistant and require proper care. We know the individual alloy components.
It is always impressive to see him twisting the red-hot damask sticks with a primitive hand crank, then laying six of these torsion tracks next to each other and forging a blade.
If you follow the seams in the course of the blade, you will see that they run parallel to the cutting edge shape. This means that each damask package must be hot-formed according to the blade geometry.
Master masters the Turkish damask like hardly any of his contemporaries.
Another feature I had Vladimir show me before I report about it:
It hardens each blade individually according to the old Japanese method
It is a zone cure that results in a higher hardness along the cutting edge (62 ° RC) than in the rest of the blade (58 ° RC). Except for the cutting edge, the blade is wrapped in a historically preserved mass, which dries in 24 hours and quenching the hardening temperature slower slower than at the cutting edge.
Each blade is sanded individually and by hand; First comes the coarse rough grinding, then the medium fine and the fine grinding, which can be polished mirror-polished.
Even when stapling or sewing the case no machine is used.
This is the task of Viktor Morev and his two helpers.
I was allowed to watch how cleverly but patiently Viktor intertwined the narrow leather straps with an astonishing uniformity. Also, I have never seen before working out the figures from the leather for the vagina.
Knife and scabbard represent masterly manufactory in the purest sense.
Each knife bears deeply engraved the symbol of Vladimir Ivanov. Here, too, he offers something special: he says that this is a Celtic rune for luck. At the same time you can recognize his initials. "