Here is a very rare vintage dagger shaped knife or letter opener. I cannot find any hallmarks or marks to identify who might have made this unusual piece, but I suspect it comes from one of the Middle Eastern countries.
The sheath is made of brass with engraving on both sides. The blade is made of a silver-colored metal, with some small stars engraved on one side. Both the sheath and blade have the appearance of being hand made.
The handle is an awesome piece of artwork! It is composed of layers of colors, starting with a layer of brass and some layers separated with a silver wire. There are inlays of colored circles, ending with a layer of brass. The silver blade metal goes all through the handle, and you can see a small silver area on the end. I am unable to identify the material used in the handle; it appears to be some form of plastic, but there are places that also appear to have a carved look.
The sides of the brass sheath appear to have split at some time, and someone used silver solder to try and fix this. This soldering is noticeable, but is not unslightly. There are two small places on the handle where it looks like there could be chips, but I don't know if these places were part of the construction.
Being that this curved knife is vintage and possibly used, it is not unheard of that it would have some slight damage. There is a small amount of corrosion in the area where the blade is inserted into the handle, but other than those places, the knife or letter opener seems to be in fairly good condition.
I wish I knew who made it, and knew more information about it. It was found in an old Southern home, wrapped in a cloth, in a drawer. I have researched letter openers and knives, and could not find anything like the handle on this knife.
SIZE: 9 inches length