This was a one-off fantasy dagger designed in close consultation with a customer. Blade is ground from 80CRV2 carbon steel with a robust full-length tang and a fine distal taper to mimic the balance of a fine medieval sword. The brass guard was formed via drift punch and hand carving to perfectly conform to the sloped shoulders of the blade, making for an exceptionally strong piece. The brass pommel is installed via tapered mortise and hand peening. The purple heart and hickory grip was hand carved in a spiral pattern and fitted after the pommel and guard were installed. No shortcuts, even for a fantasy piece--this is a truly high performance tool as well as a piece of art.