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J. Hargis




Location: Pacific Palisades, California
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PostPosted: Tue 17 Jul, 2012 4:24 pm    Post subject: Ben Rial of Forged In Time: fine medieval influenced dagger         Reply with quote

I recently took delivery of an exquisite dagger made by Ben Rial of Forged in Time.
http://www.forgedintime.com
Many of you may know Ben from his posts here at myArmoury. Ben has shown us some of his fabulous work at the Makers / Manufacturers forum.

Let me tell you, Ben loves daggers and has a fine array to choose from. This particular dagger model is Forged In Time's 'Aggressor'.
http://www.forgedintime.com/handmade-daggers/aggressor-dagger

Overall Length: 13.6"
Blade Length: 7.9"
Blade Width: 1.15"
Weight: 14 oz.
Blade Thickness: 0.22"
Guard/Pommel Material: 1020 Mild Steel
Blade Steel: 1096, ATS-34, D2
Blade Fittings: 1020 Mild Steel
Price: $130.00

While not a reproduction of a specific historic example, it captures the deadly flair that was evident in many medieval period daggers.
This dagger has a real feel of substance and is well finished with a nice sheen that is not overly bright. The pommel and guard have dramatic visual appeal, and this piece is built to last. This is quality work.
I requested a dark gray calf leather that wraps around an ash grip. The calf adds a nice, comfortable, but secure feeling in the hand. The scabbard is of the same gray calf, nicely fitted around the blade. Not pictured is a black calf frog which will accommodate a nice wide belt. It all makes for a striking package.

There are multiple options in steels, woods, and leather at a base price that is hard to beat.

IMO, Ben Rial is a sleeper. He does high quality work, but goes relatively unmentioned in many collecting circles. Plus, he's a true gentleman who will gladly work with your specific requests. With this first time order from Forged in Time now in hand, it's certain that I'll be back for more. A fine product, excellent experience. I can't wait to get my mitts on one of his swords.

I hope you enjoy The Aggressor.

Jon



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Benjamin Rial




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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 7:34 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow Jon, almost missed this. Thank you for your kind words. I am glad you are happy.
"The only thing new in this world is the history we don't know."-Pres. Harry S. Truman

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Christopher Gregg




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PostPosted: Fri 27 Jul, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice! Gonna have to get one of his some day. Cool
Christopher Gregg

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