On most knives or firearms, engraving doesn’t do much for me. It tends to turn a perfectly useful tool into a pampered collectible that should rarely be touched, much less fired. Despite this, the hand-cut scrollwork on the bolsters of this Cold Steel Espada works for me. It brings out more of the intended character of the knife, and the unadorned blade also lets you keep using it as a practical (if large) cutting tool.
The original espada ropera was not a folding knife, but an pattern of ornate 15th century Spanish swords. Dandies, scoundrels and gentlemen wore them as fashion accessories and fighting weapons. The modern Cold Steel version borrows this name, but more closely resembles the Spanish navaja folding knife, which was also frequently engraved and ornamented.
Named after one type of engraved Spanish knife and styled after another, this engraved Espada is among the relatively few engraved knives that appeal to me as tools instead of objets d’art.
Engraver’s link: http://dsengraver.com/coldsteel/
Pricing? POR only.