Rustic Cholla Dagger
Blade: 7" of old harrow rake from our farm, etched and blued. A copper rod is attached to the end of the tang and peened to the etched/distressed butt plate. Forged copper bolster w/ hammered texture.
Handle: 4 1/2" of Staghorn(Buckhorn) Cholla Cactus filled with black epoxy, rawhide with split leather lacing.
Sheath: The Quilted Red Maple case is fully lined with 1-2 oz leather split, a leather welt, and a Tung oil/buffed paste wax finished. The piece of wood is actually grade AA fiddleback Maple.....flat-cut. It has a very tight quilt figure and brilliant chatoyance. The rawhide upper has a leather lined belt loop, forged copper name plate w/ hammered finish, and split leather lace wrapping. The four handmade bobbles represent the materials used in the whole package(Cholla, steel, and copper). I collected the Yucca thorn while on a backpacking trip in the deserts of the Southwest US.
This bead was made from a soldered coil of copper wire.
The thorn has a copper ferrule at the top:
This spike is made of the same steel as the blade. Its been ground, partially polished, hardened, polished and heat-colored.
The copper piece reminds me of a Cholla branch.
This is a piece of cholla cactus branch just sanded and oiled up real nice: