Here is a photo of a dagger made about 1983, shown both assembled, and broken down for inspection. The blade is 7″ long (from the guard) D-2 tool steel, the habaki is lost-wax cast from sterling silver. The guard abd pommel are heat-treated D-2 steel.
The collars and wire-wrapping over the ash-wood handle is stainless steel. This piece uses a modified Japanese tang style, keywayed and hard-soldered socket and stainless pommel screw. It is signed and signed and numbered on the tang to preserve purity of form. The photo was taken by Jon Verhoeven.