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Old 26th January 2007, 02:54 AM   #1
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Default New Company Selling Knives from Crete

Hello, I have read the forum rules carefully and hope that I am not in breach of any by giving a quick mention to my new business here.

The Link is and we have knives by the last surviving traditional bladesmith in Crete.

Each of our knives is individually handmade and are a beauty to behold.

The Cretan Knife is particularly interesting to fans of ethnographic edged weapons as it shares characteristics with the Yataghan, Pesh Kabz, and even with medieval venetian daggers, though it is uniquely Cretan.

Please have a look, and if this breaks any forum rules I heartily apologise.

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Old 28th January 2007, 09:06 AM   #2
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As a Greek, I thank you for bringing a traditional art to world public. But there is a mistake on your first page. Apostolis is not the only traditional bladesmith on the island. There are few more. Very few indeed. Less than one handís fingers.
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Old 28th January 2007, 04:24 PM   #3
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Efxaristo yia tin apantisi.

I am really amazed to hear of other traditional bladesmiths in Crete as I have spent much time there and am not aware of any others than Apostolis. Years ago there were 7 left in Chania, but as I'm sure you know, of those 7 Apostolis is sadly the only one still living.

I would be very happy to hear of other smiths though as the thought of the Cretan Dagger disappearing is a very sad thought indeed. I am curious though as to who else you think qualifies as a traditional Cretan Bladesmith. There is one very popular smith in Heraklion but there are many who would not count him as a traditional smith.

I have also heard of a Mr. Kostis Sapounakis in Malia, though when I was last in Crete (about one month ago) I heard that he was no longer making knives.

If you know of any others then please do tell me and I will try and get their knives on my website.

I am aware that you are a collector of Cretan knives Yiannis, whereabouts in Greece are you? and would you be interested in doing a review of some of Apostolis' knives?

Me Ektimisi,
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Old 23rd August 2007, 02:29 AM   #4
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Just bringing this up to the top for John.

He brought his site to my attention on another board, and they look nice.
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Old 26th August 2007, 09:43 AM   #5
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i have what appears to be a type 1, with a 15.5 cm blade & a wooden grip. it's well made and properly hardened & will shave an elephant if such was needed....
not sure what the inscription says tho. (the blade is actually highly polished steel, the reflection makes it look blued.
negative image is clearer.
the scabbard is synthetic tho & i'll make it a better one at some stage that is more in keeping.

i gather the 'armenis' designation is because the xanians thought apostolis was armenian when he moved there from turkey...

i like it alot & will eventually be looking to get a type 2a
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