A.G. Russell Shopmade Push Dagger Letter Opener
Item #: SMR-822-RMB
with Red Maple Burl Handle Scales
We have made the A. G. Russell™ Shopmade push dagger letter openers with giraffe bone, ebony wood, mammoth ivory, and golden maple burl handle scales. We had a few blades left from the last batch we cut and have added scales of a highly figured Maple Burl which has been dyed a beautiful red.
Push Daggers were highly favored by gamblers on the early riverboats and in the gold fields of California and Nevada where they were carried concealed, usually along with a derringer, as protection. Ours was designed for a much less adventurous life. Along with the elegant deep chocolate brown leather sheath, you’ll not find a letter opener that will generate more interest.
The knives are made in our own shop here in Rogers, Arkansas and are marked A.G. Russell Shopmade®. The blades are 154CM at 57-59 Rc. Since the handle scales are a natural material, each will be slightly different in color and patteran. The scales are held in place by mosaic pins. The leather desktop sheath is made offshore to our design.
The 3-1/2" double ground blade (sharp on both sides) measures 1-1/16" wide at the widest point. Measures 5-3/4" tip to butt and weighs 2.8 oz.
HandleRed Maple Burl
A.G. Russell Shopmade
Our Shopmade® program makes maximum use of our assets. Our knowledge of who can do the best job of waterjet cutting, heat treat, wire electro-discharge machining, and rough grind all allows the greatest productivity from our rarest asset, the time of our expert knifemaker(s). When our shop has done the finish blade grind by hand, put the handles in place, shaped them and sharpened the blade and the knife has gone through our quality control, then we can be sure that you have the very best knife we can provide you for the money you are spending with us.