Nightmare Grind Butterfly Swords, Böhler 440C Blade Steel (Collector Grade)
Sword Type: Individual Full Handles
Sword Construction: Conventional
Blade Style: Unique/Custom
Blade Length: Approx 11 5/8" inches (29.5 cm) from tip to D Guard
Total Length: Approx 16.5" (42 cm)
Weight: Average is 1 lb 10 oz per sword (737 grams). There is some variance.
Blade Material: Böhler 440C Stainless Steel (weapons grade)
D Guard Material: Cast AISI 304 Stainless Steel
Blade Grind: Nightmare Grind with Swage.
Blade Sharpness: Edge sharp. Sharps are for display only, too dangerous for training. Swage is unsharpened.
Blade Thickness: 5 mm
Blade Finish: High Gloss
Tang: Full tang
Quillion Design: Hybrid Flipping/Trapping
Knuckle Bow Design: Rounded, minimal extra interior space
Handle Type: Individual Full Handles.
Handle Pins: 8 small tactical pins with 2 larger mosaic pins.
Handle Material: Cocobolo
Grip Style: Full handles with an ergonomic belly to fit the hollow of the palm.
Balance Point: Conventional to permit flipping
Designed by: Modell Design LLC
Sheath: You will get a fancy two-tone overseas made leather sheath for each knife, one with a left hand belt loop, the other right. Instead of snaps the retainer strip affixes to a prong. These are made of thick leather. Do not store swords in leather sheaths long term because the chemicals in leather can corrode/tarnish metal.
Product is a pair of custom designed Butterfly Swords, made by hand. All measurements and weights approximate.
These Butterfly Swords feature an extraordinarily difficult set of grinds that Forgemaster K. Ali, the man who recommended making BJD out of D-2 tool steel, called "challenging." The name arose because this style blade is a knife maker's nightmare to grind. The prototype pair sold for $1,695 on the knife collector web-site Arizona Custom Knives in about 2 days. We made a very limited quantity of Collector's Grade Nightmare Grind Butterfly Swords with a double concave grind and Cocobolo handles.
The swords feature Iron Man Steel's high quality glossy finish (you could even call it mirror finish these days) Böhler 440C blade steel, cast AISI 304 stainless steel D Guard, handle scales over an American style full tang, and a sharp cutting edge. They have 12" blades and are flippable between a forward and reverse grip. We are finally happy with the overseas sheaths, they are pretty cool in two tone with border details. Some have 8 small pins and some have 8 small pins and 2 mosaic pins.
Pricing depends on grade.