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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    Very interested to know what fish/animal skin was used for the handle
    Is it not shark skin?
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    Could be Jim, I think Ray skin was used quite a lot due to its texture and durability, I would imagine that's what we have here, but I can't be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrclark303 View Post
    Ray skin
    Yes, sort of the same I think. When shark skin is talked of I think it's actually ray. I had a Japaneseicon Naval dagger here to repair and tried to gently wash the filthy grip, the skin immediately took almost liquid form again and scared me off any further attempt. I stretched it flat and let it dry again, it was hard as nails again...
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    Cheers Jim, its astonishing that a material like this can survive this long. The handle skin is still fully intact and serviceable.

    If it is Ray skin, I can see why they used it, its perfect for grip and texture.

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    Looks Scots to me mate from its general bearing, and ones I have seen before. Be interested to hear what the experts say. The strikes on its edge show it was clearly used effectively for which it was intended. Almost has the presence of a Basket Hill backsword which had Germanicon blades around the 1750's
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    Cheers Gil, much appreciate the input, I await further information with great interest..

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    What a remarkable piece. The copper wire knot at the back of the grip is a 'turks head' and is a common decorative theme in maritime circles, the earliest 'modern' depiction is by da Vinci, but there is a Roman mosaic which shows the shape of the knot also.

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