Dionatam Franco M.S. #1
Perfection is a word with a clear meaning, and although it often runs the risk of being overused, it exists because (sometimes) it is absolutely true. Just as true: a knife by Dionatam is first and foremost created to be a perfect tool. It is a simplicity in the approach that belies tremendous complexity in the execution. Here, a beautiful ladder Damascus is paired with a beautiful piece of Tasmanian blackwood. A spectacular marriage of materials. Their vertical lines speak to each other; the hot-blued and mirror-polished guard - shaped to what else, perfection, for an ideal transition between blade and handle - makes sure nothing gets lost in translation. Last but not least this is a very sharp and fast blade.

Serial number



Hidden tang


1084/15n20 steels


Twist pattern



Guard & Fittings

Hot blued forged 1045 steel guard


Stabilized Tasmanian blackwood

Build time

80 hours




Serial number JG-C-O-N-DF
Exterior Calf with ostrich insert
Lining Calf
Concho Sterling silver
Stud Samuel Lurquin’s damascus, milled by Nicolas Verschuere
Build time 14 hours


Dionatam Franco

From Brazil.

Dionatam started making knives at age 14 for the simple pleasure of creating his own. By the time he turned 23, after graduating from Paula Souza Technical College at 19, his passion had become a vocation. In 2016, he obtained is Journeyman Smith stamp from the American Blade Society, winning that year’s Best Damascus Blade award to boot. Two years later, he was admitted into the select group of less than 200 holders of the Master Smith title; he is one of three in Brazil. Dionatam also manufactures some of the tools of the trade, such as tongs and hardies as well as sanders, hammers, hydraulic presses and forges. He teaches, too. It is quite a sight
to watch him put a new blade through its paces behind his workshop, hacking fourby- fours in two “because it needs to be a tool first!”